FFTC’s Guide to the 2017 Minnesota State Fair

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It’s time to start preparing for our favorite annual end-of-summer bash — the 2017 Minnesota State Fair.

2017 Minnesota State Fair

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 2017: Scoring Free & Discounted Tickets  – There’s still time to purchase discounted State Fair tickets ($11 each) and Midway/Kidway tickets before the Fair opens Aug 24. 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 2017 Minnesota State Fair


50 Things To Do at the Minnesota State Fair – Freshly updated for 2017! And most of the items on this list are FREE.

10 Best Bets for Live Family Entertainment at the 2017 Minnesota State Fair

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.

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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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