The Alphabet Forest is an absolute must see attraction at the Minnesota State Fair! Laidback and fun, this exhibit is perfect fun for the whole family.
Debra Frasier, author of nine children’s picture books, is proud to be from Minnesota. She loves the State Fair, too! She wrote and illustrated an alphabet book based on her trips to the Minnesota State Fair — A Fabulous Fair Alphabet. So it seems appropriate that she brought us this annual Minnesota State Fair attraction.
The Alphabet Forest is open in Baldwin Park (across from the 4-H Building) each day of the fair (August 24 – September 4, 2023) from 10:00 am-8:00 pm.
This is a very laidback activity, and it’s in one of the more shaded spot of the entire fair (hence the “forest” part of the name). Activities for kids in the Alphabet Forest include:
- Take pictures with Fair Letters. If you do this annually, you can watch your kids grow as they create their name every year.
- Create alphabet Ferris wheels
- Add your fair words to the Fair Dictionary
- Participate in the Fabulous Forest Alphabet Word Game by printing the Fabulous Fair Alphabet Game Card and looking for letters as you stroll the fair.
- Meet real life authors at the Blue Ribbon Homegrown Author Showcase.
Meet Local Authors at the Alphabet Forest
Each year a line up of Blue Ribbon Homegrown children’s book authors join the Forest to promote literacy, learning and fun. See this year’s schedule below.
2023 Blue Ribbon Author Schedule
Thursday, August 24, 2023 David La Rochelle, 100 Mighty Dragons All Named Broccoli
Friday, August 25, 2023 Mélina Mangal, Jayden’s Secret Ingredient
Saturday, August 26, 2023 Phuoc Thi Minh Tran, All About Vietnam: Projects and Activities for Kids
Sunday, August 27, 2023 Bao Phi, You Are Life
Monday, August 28, 2023 John Owens, One Summer Up North
Tuesday, August 29, 2023 Monica Rojas & Emiko Rainbow, Nana and Abuela
Wednesday, August 30, 2023 Karlyn Coleman and Cori Doerrfeld, The Great Get-Together
Thursday, August 31, 2023 Nancy Bo Flood, I Will Dance
Friday, September 1, 2023 Aimée Bissonette, When Fall Comes
Saturday, September 2, 2023 Magdalena Mora, Tomatoes in My Lunchbox
Sunday, September 3, 2023 Sarah Warren, Everything a Drum
Monday, September 4, 2023 Patricia Bauer and David Geister, Making Minnesota