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“Our State Fair is a Great State Fair”

Minnesota State Fair
Ranked #1 of 13 Food & Drink in Saint Paul
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Always 12 days of fun ending Labor Day, the Great Minnesota Get-Together welcomes 1.9 million guests annually to a world-class showcase of livestock, agriculture, horse, art, talent and creative activities competitions; 500 food items; 900 free entertainment shows; the Mighty Midway and Kidway; Grandstand concert series; 1,000 vendors; exhibits for kids and adults; and more!
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Stroller parking, Activities for older children
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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58 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Our State Fair is a Great State Fair”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2013

DON'T miss our Fair! It has the best FOOD, Animals, Entertainment, Rides, Parades, Shows, People-watching. Usually the weather is good end of August. You won't be disappointed!

Visited September 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Awesome Experience Every Time!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2013

A summer in Minnesota is not complete without a trip to the State Fair. Great food is the main attraction, personally. Rides are entertaining as well, with something for everyone, and of course there's the baby animals barn. I recommend the baby pigs. How cute! Fun for the entire family here.

Visited August 2013
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Lots to see...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2013

The Minnesota State Fair has something for everyone. We went this past summer and had a blast. I loved the addition of O'Gara's Bar...they have wonderful pork sliders and great entertainment and you can sit inside or outside. Also you will find fantastic Chicago Dogs in The Garden (where they also have karaoke). There are many free music stages and also they have some real great shows in the Grandstand. There are also many radio stations that broadcast live from the fair, my favorite being "Garage Logic" with Joe Soucheray. There are wonderful educational and creative activities buildings to walk through whether you want to look at fine arts, the largest pumpkin, champion pies and pickles, or even Christmas trees. Don't forget the 4-H building, they always have some impressive displays. Also there is a coliseum where you can watch a rodeo and there are many animal buildings to see including livestock, sheep, swine and more and of course there are many rides and games in the midway. This is just the tip of the iceberg but a great place to have some fun.

Visited August 2013
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“The great Minnesota get together”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2013 via mobile

Great food
Great rides
Parking is tolerable but expensive
We go during the week every year and there are no waiting lines.

Visited August 2013
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Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“If you're a Minnesotan, you visit the fair”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2013

It's almost like renewing your MN license. Every year you need to go the fair. Yes, it's a lot of the same things every year. This is a good thing. Find a food that you love that you can only get at the Fair (mine: the Kiwanis chocolate shake) and enjoy. Go to the Miracle of Birth center and see the baby animals. Check out the free concerts (Sheila E? The Time? Robert Randolph? All for free). Watch people on the Skyride. And marvel at what a wide, thick people we Minnesotans have become.

You know the reason it seems more crowded at the Fair every year? That's because we're taking up more space.

Visited September 2013
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