Mid-August is the time to start preparing for our favorite annual end-of-summer bash. We realize that this year will present a different sort of get-together and a wide spectrum of attitudes about attending. If you’re choosing to wait for the 2022 Fair to return, we hope you’ll consult our GUIDE TO THE MINNESOTA STATE FAIR when the time rolls around. If you are choosing to head to the Fairgrounds with your family this year, we hope this guide will help you plan your best visit ever in 2021.
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 shows 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!
BEFORE YOU GO TO THE MINNESOTA STATE FAIR
There’s plenty of time to purchase discounted State Fair tickets ($13 each) and Midway/Kidway tickets before the Fair opens Aug 26. Consider purchasing a Blue Ribbon Bargain Book ($5) that contains a ton of 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!
The idea of bringing little ones to a place as densely packed as the Fair can be overwhelming. We’ve put together some of our best tips for keeping kids safe among the crowds.
Need a Break With the Baby?
Add TPT to your map! They offer a private and easily accessible Mother’s room and a phone charging station. They are on the corner of Underwood & Lee. There are a few other places designated for breastfeeding mothers. You can find those here. Of course, in Minnesota, you can legally nurse your baby anywhere, but it is nice to know you can find quiet privacy if you want it. Baby changing stations are available at most restroom locations.
MINNESOTA STATE FAIR GUIDE – WHEN YOU’RE THERE
Freshly updated for 2021! And most of the items on this list are FREE.
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. All of the activities on the list are kid-friendly!
We’ve rounded up our list of our favorite live Minnesota State Fair family entertainment options to enjoy together.