Tips for Staying Cool at the Minnesota State Fair

There are still five whole days left of the Great Minnesota Get Together and even in this oppressive heat, you can still enjoy it.  I promise!  I was there on a day when it was 90 degrees at 9:00 in the morning.  And we stayed all day.  This year is a great time to go because the heat has scared off the large crowds.  I didn’t need to hold my children’s hands the entire time.  They could skip along ahead, and it was fine because no throngs of people were between us.

This list has some of the secrets that I learned myself and took advantage of to relieve my children, my mom and aunt, and me.  I hope that you find it helpful.

DSCF8217Tips for Staying Cool at the Minnesota State Fair

  • Embrace it.  It’s hot.  You know it’s going to be hot.  So prepare yourself.  Dress in cool clothes.  Tanks and shorts with elastic waistbands or dresses would probably be best.  Dealing with a zippered waistband when you are all sweaty is no fun.
  • Bring water and drink lots of water.  I think I have finally learned that you bring a big water bottle  and let everyone drink out of the same one.  For me carrying 40 ounces of water on top of all the other mom gear was super heavy, and I didn’t enjoy it.
  • Plan your day around chunks of the fair.  We started the day at Little Farm Hands and hung around there for an hour.  Then, we spent the rest of the morning in the Kidway and Baldwin Park for the Family Fair/Alphabet Forest and had lunch near there in the Northwoods.  After that, we headed to Carousel Park by the Grandstand and stayed there for an hour and a half.  Then, we enjoyed Heritage Square.  We ended the day in the Livestock area of the fair.
  • Refill your water bottle at refill stations around the fair.
  • Get out of the sun as much as you can.  Whenever you need to sit, try to find a patch of shade.  Obviously, this doesn’t always work, but do it as much as you can.  One of my favorite places to cool down was Alphabet Forest.  It’s all shaded and very open to let a breeze through if there is one.
  • Water Break!
  • Take advantage of the misters the fair placed throughout the grounds.  It’s heaven, people, heaven!
  • Go to the Coliseum.  They have fans blowing throughout the whole arena and it’s usually sparsely populated so that the breezes hit you and you are able to sit still and let your body cool. Not only that, but around the perimeter (where all the vendors are) they have huge vents blowing cold air down on you.  Yes, the Coliseum is my favorite building on a hot day during the fair.  Even when all they are doing is showing cows and we don’t get to stay for the rodeo.
  • Water!
  • Or go to Crossroads Chapel.  Two words!  Air Conditioning.
  • Agua!
  • I believe the Ye Old Mill is air conditioned, so you might want to check that out.

Most buildings are NOT air conditioned.  Don’t go looking for relief there.  You will find many more misters than you will air conditioned buildings.  Make sure you take it slow.  Encourage your children to walk slowly and take the least number of steps as possible (Am I a dork for that one?).  When you eat, sit down.  Take your time.  You don’t have to see everything.  The fair will be back again next year.

My Favorite Fair Experience this Year

DSCF8202And after visiting it, I highly recommend the Alphabet Forest.  Very interactive and lots of different fun to entertain each ofDSCF8212 my children in their own unique way.  From Spinning Letters on a wheel to playing word toss or cooking up words in the kitchen to writing a letter, coloring a picture, or meeting a local author.  There is more than one place for you to sit and read some great books.  And you might even be read to!  There are an array of crafts and photo opportunities to take advantage of too.  And if you finish the Fair Word Game, you can earn a blue ribbon!


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