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“Our State Fair is the BEST State Fair”

Minnesota State Fair
Ranked #2 of 127 things to do in Saint Paul
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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 nearly 2 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: Activities for older children, Stroller parking, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed April 15, 2014

You've heard that before but in this case it is true. For the price of general admission you can wander the fairgrounds from sunup to sundown and never lack for things to do, exhibits, anmials, crafts, etc for free. Though you will want to have cash on hand to eat basically any kind of food you so desire - lots of it on a stick! Plus all ages of kids like the Midway rides along wht kiddie midway for little ones.

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Reviewed April 15, 2014

We literally grew up going to the MN State Fair, so it's hard to explain to anyone that hasn't been there what it's all about. It's 75% memories and 25% new things, for us anyway. There are always a lot of people, and I mean a lot; more than most cities, on any given day that the fair is open. But, it rarely, if ever, takes away from the fun. It's evolved into more of a food event than "machinery hill" and its farming roots, without a doubt, and that's a shame. But, they didn't sell too many $100,000 tractors at the fair so I can see why machinery hill has turned into "lawnmower hill", as it's referred to by the locals. We used to drive down from Duluth every summer and would camp in the campground there, sometimes for 2-3-4 days. It was nice to have a spot to go back to and cool off and relax for a bit, but there are enough park benches in the shade that a person wouldn't have to do that now.

In my architecture career (prior to switching to full-time photography) I worked on the grandstand remodeling and expansion project, in the early-2000s. What a great honor it was to work on that historic building and try to make it function well, and up to code, for the next few decades. There are so many great shows at the fair, both during the 10-day run of the state fair, and all year long in many of the buildings on the fairgrounds. Motorcycle shows, antique shows, gun shows, anything and everything has a presence on the fairgrounds. And, of course, don't miss the Space Needle, the Art Building, getting a corn dog, and a malt in the dairy building, and, and, and.. It's not too many days after the fair ends that we're already looking forward to the next year.

Thank ScottyG777
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Reviewed April 15, 2014

Well, maybe second best, according to someone else's stats. We actually start the countdown to the next fair as soon as the current one is over! The Minnesota State Fair is popular because it has such a huge attendance and awesome food! Fun! Fun! Best part? The menu…Bull Bites (blackened tenderloin), foot-long walleye sandwich, roasted corn, salmon and wild rice patties, Australian Battered Potatoes, fried green tomatoes, london broil sandwiches, strawberries and fresh cream, stir fried noodles, deep fried pickles, fried SPAM bites, sour cream scones, and of course, cheese curds. They also have the best "typical" fair food, burgers, pizza, foot-long corn dogs, turkey drumsticks, french fries…and on and on. Bring comfortable shoes and rest on the sky ride. Explore the food building, shop at Northern Tool, visit adorable dogs in the Purina Building, shop at the Grandstand or take in a concert, but don't forget the Beer-garita at Tejas Express! Diet before you go, and pre-purchase your discounted Midway ride and entrance tickets at Cub Foods! "See you there!"

Thank tdramom
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Reviewed April 15, 2014

The Minnesota State Fair is located in the Midway area of St. Paul and is smack dab between Minneapolis and its smaller, yet more charming, little sister city of St. Paul. Beginning on the second to last Thursday in August and running through Labor Day the State Fair offers something for everybody. Each night typically has a major concert attraction heavy on the country music acts, but also some of the old touring rock bands of the 70s and 80s, and a smattering of more recent bands and solo acts. The free stages are not to be missed. In the last two years the cost of admission also included free stage appearances by Robert Randolph and his Family Band and Dr. John. Farming still plays a large role with whole barns dedicated throughout the 12 days to cattle, pigs, rabbits, horses, chickens, goats, sheep, and the like. There is now an area featuring local vineyards and has expanded quite a bit in the last couple of years. Food abounds like deep fried candy bars, corn ice cream, fresh cut french fries, alligator on a stick, and ethic foods of all varieties. There is still a large midway area with games and rides. If you happen to be in town while the State Fair is on, make the side trip, it will be worth it. If you have a bit more time on your hands the Como Park Conservatory and Zoo are within a mile of the fairgrounds.

Thank t-bonetraveller
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Reviewed March 6, 2014

OMG there were a lot of people.

It's was tonnes of fun and the butterhead princesses were kinda scary.

Take a gondola ride above the grounds, great for seeing how many people can jam themselves into a fairground at one time.

Go at least once in your life!

Thank ThePackedBag
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