FFTC’s Guide to the 2016 Minnesota State Fair

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This guide and giveaway have been generously sponsored by the Minnesota Farm Bureau. Be sure to stop by their family-friendly building at the Minnesota State Fair to win prizes, meet local farmers, snap a family picture in their photo booth and enter your kid’s name to win a free children’s book. Visit their Facebook page for more details.

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We’re only about a week out from that glorious summer finale we fondly call the Great Minnesota Get-Together. Have you purchased your discount gate tickets? Mapped out the most efficient route to find the two dozen or so brand new Fair foods? Polled the family and made a checklist of the must-sees: the barns, the freebies, the climb-on tractors, the awesome break-shop show at the Family Fair stage? Are you ready for the relentless heat and the shoulder-to-shoulder streets and the children begging you to buy souvenirs at every corner?

Just in case you’re not a rabid fan of the Minnesota State Fair (like certain members of the FFTC Team…) and haven’t been planning this great fete since Memorial Day, we’ve put together some tips and ideas garnered from years of towing our young families along to the Fair. Hope we can be of some help and inspiration!


•  Minnesota State Fair 2016: Scoring Free & Discounted Tickets  – There’s still time to purchase discounted State Fair tickets ($10 each) and Midway/Kidway tickets before the Fair opens Aug. Consider purchasing a Blue Ribbon Bargain Book ($5) that contains 150 coupons to be used on all that Fair food and merchandise you’re craving. Finally, if you’re willing to volunteer a few hours of your time, there are ways to score FREE admission into the State Fair!

Tips for Family Safety at the 2016 Minnesota State Fair


50 Things To Do at the Minnesota State Fair – Freshly updated for 2016! And most of the items on this list are FREE.

20 Ideas for Free Family Fun at the Minnesota State Fair – FREE is one of the FFTC Team’s favorite words. We’re betting you’re interested in ways to get as much bang for your admission buck as possible, too.

2016 Minnesota State Fair Sneak Peek: New Foods and Merchandise

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Anne Kingston

If we left it up to Anne to write her own bio, it would never get posted. She doesn't enjoy talking about herself, but Anne does love exploring the Twin Cities with her family and sharing her finds here. She, her husband and their four kids are lifelong residents of St. Paul.


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