ST. PAUL — The Minnesota State Fair announces the new attractions, exhibits and other elements for the 2019 Great Minnesota Get-Together. The following is a list of State Fair experiences debuting this year.
The North End Event Center, the area’s stunning brand-new centerpiece, houses a 12,000-square-foot state-of-the-art exhibit hall that will be the fair-time home to annually changing museum-quality exhibits that fair guests can enjoy free with fair admission.
The expanded North End redevelopment features these newly added attractions: • ANGRY BIRDS UNIVERSE: THE EXHIBITION, making its Midwest debut, is the inaugural exhibit in the North End Event Center and is only at the 2019 State Fair. “Be the bird” and explore science, technology, engineering, art and math. • Minnesota Corn Fairstalk is a 24-foot-tall art installation celebrating Minnesota agriculture. Giant LED screens, displaying fun facts about corn and farming, food and the fair, are integrated into the design of what is sure to become an iconic photo stop for fair visitors. • Minnesota Marquees, three shade structures on the plaza, feature exhibit panels showcasing iconic, innovative and influential people, inventions and events from our state’s history. • New photo opportunities next to 6-foot-tall figures created by prominent Minnesota artist Adam Turman: State Fair mascot Fairchild, Paul Bunyan, Babe the Blue Ox and Hotdish Girl, made famous in Turman’s artwork. • Minnesota-based specialty merchants make their State Fair debut at the North End: Brim featuring the Grilled Sota Sandwich, Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness, GoodThings, Handsome Cycles, Homespun Gifts & Décor, Minnesota Distillers Guild and Summer Lakes Beverage.
The North End neighborhood is also home to several rotating touring promotional exhibits; Arts A’Fair pop-up performances; activities for Governor’s Fire Prevention Day (Aug. 23) and Minnesota State Patrol Day (Aug. 26); Pet Pavilions and Outdoor Demonstration Area; The Hangar food and beverage establishment; guest services such as wheelchair and electric scooter rental, an information booth, State FairWear Gift Shop, Minnesota State Fair Foundation booth, the North End gate, and drop-off/pick-up locations for app-based ride services and Metro Mobility.
The Sioux Chef® Presents the Indigenous Food Lab at Dan Patch Park. Celebrate the richness, beauty and diversity of Minnesota’s indigenous foods and culture in a special daylong program on Sunday, Sept. 1, from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Dan Patch Park.
Goat Booth. Goats, one of the fastest-growing livestock exhibitions at the State Fair (more than 1,400 goats came to the fair last year), will now have their own education station. Stop by and learn more about the many goat breeds through activities and displays. The Goat Booth is open Aug. 30 – Sept. 2.
Three New Rides. Two new high-flying rides debut at Mighty Midway, and a new merry-go-round comes to Kidway.
New at Mighty Midway: • Sea Ray: Ahoy, mate! Hop on board a giant pirate ship for a wild ride that swings from side to side—as if you’re on a high-seas adventure. • Zero Gravity: Supersonic spins and centrifugal force combine for an adrenaline-rushing ride.
New at Kidway (sponsored by DISH): • Merry-Go-Round: Colorful horses take tots for a spin on this classic carnival ride.
Agriculture Horticulture Building. One of the most iconic buildings at the State Fairgrounds is home to a variety of new competitions, demonstrations and displays— from flowers and food to craft beer and ag education. Here’s a sampling of what’s new this year in the building that is affectionately called Ag-Hort: • Brewing demonstrations highlight the different ingredients and the subtle yet signifi- cant keys to brewing a variety of beers. Daily at the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild “Land of 10,000 Beers” exhibit. • “Floralpalooza” in the Rotunda features large-scale handcrafted and personalized designs created by local florists to celebrate the lives of iconic “Minnesota Grown” hometown legends such as Judy Garland, Charles Schulz, Prince and others. • The DIRT demonstration stage features eight presentations daily. Among the intriguing new topics to be presented by experts this year: Tasty Tomatoes Growing the Rainbow, Grow Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms in Your Home and Garden, How to Grow Your Hobby Into a Small Business, Retain Soil Moisture & Conserve Water Using Soil Polymers, Making Room for Monarchs, Edibles and Decoratives from the Woods or Backyard, Urban Insects We Like, Build a Spring Greenhouse for Less Than $100 and Heat It With Your Straw Bale Garden, and more. • “Minnesota Explores the Arts” is the theme of the Minnesota State Fair Flower Show for amateur floral arrangers (Aug. 26 – 27). Competitors choose which category to enter depending on their design—“Art-A-Whirl” is for wreaths; “Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky” incorporates a water element; “Jackson Pollock” entries emphasize colors; and “Dancers by Degas” arrangements imply motion. • The College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) celebrates 150 years of providing food and agriculture education at the University of Minnesota. Learn about turf research that will help you save water and increase pollinators; how new crops such as Kernza®, now used in beer and bread, impact clean water and commercial chemical use; ask questions of a master gardener; and explore pop-up learning stations on entomology, food science and nutrition, and more. • Common Table: Minnesota Eats inspires Minnesotans to get connected to the food we eat through a variety of displays and presentations. Spotlights this year feature partners who are changing the way we grow, buy and eat food. Topics include farming with fish; solar sites for bees, berries and beer; lazy, feelgood recipes; creative food innovations in the Rondo community; insect predator, prey and pollinators; straw bale gardening; pheasant-friendly solar farms; and more.
Giant Slide Turns 50. The iconic five-story Giant Slide celebrates its 50th anniversary at the 2019 Minnesota State Fair. An estimated 9 million fair guests have ridden this landmark attraction, which is owned and operated by three generations of the Pittroffs, the family that first brought the slide to the fair in 1969.
Stop by for a selfie and buy a limited-edition commemorative T-shirt and hat (available only at the 2019 State Fair and while supplies last). Rides on the Giant Slide are $2.50 per person. Riders must be 45-inches or taller to ride unaccompanied; anyone under 45-inches must ride with a parent or guardian.
Minnesota State Fair Healing Garden. Dozens of plants known for their healing and therapeutic properties fill the beautifully designed State Fair Healing Garden. In 2019, Phase 1 of the garden will include educational signage amidst the waterfalls and gazebo pointing out each plant and explaining its medicinal uses.
Creative Activities. Insider tips from award-winning local chefs and dazzling displays of crafting and kitchen creativity by Minnesotans are highlighted in the Creative Activities Building. Here’s an overview of what’s new at the 2019 State Fair: • Premier, award-winning chefs present demonstrations in the Cambria Kitchen on Aug. 22: Diane Moua, executive pastry chef at Bellecour, 10 a.m.; Wyatt Evans, chef de cuisine at P.S. Steak, 2 p.m.; Nick Vasquez, chef de cuisine at Monello, 4 p.m. • The talent of fellow Minnesotans will amaze you in these this year’s themed competitions: “Have you ever seen a dairy cow dance?” quilt on-a-stick; “Minnesota Gardens” cookie decorating; and “My Favorite Exhibits at the Minnesota State Fair” cake decorating. • The intricate beauty of glass arts takes over the center display case in “Minnesota Master part Deux,” an exhibition of work created by artists with Foci Minnesota Center for Glass Arts. • Cambria Kitchen features these new presentations in 2019: 3 Cricketeers “Cooking with the Super Protein” (yes, crickets!); Popol Vuh – Centro Restaurant, cooking tips for “elevated
Mexican cuisine”; and Surly Brewery chefs on beer-flavored meat, savory flavors, and pastry and beer making. • Hand-picked blue-ribbon-winning recipes from the 2018 State Fair are featured on limited run Recipe Card Round-Up cards available on select days: Black Raspberry Jam; Carrot Cake with Vanilla Bean Buttercream; Dill Pickles; Beer Bread Using a Minnesota Craft- Brewed Beer (Castle Danger Cream Ale); Apple Fritter Monkey Bread; and Chocolate Pistachio Cookies.
Park & Ride Lot Updates. Make your first fair ride a free one. Offered at 33 locations near the fairgrounds, our ride-free service is adding two new locations for the 2019 fair: • 2955 Centre Pointe Drive, between 35W and Cleveland Avenue, north of the Courtyard by Marriott, Roseville, 55113 (open 8 a.m. – 12 a.m. all 12 days of the fair; drop-off/pick-up at Transit Hub) • Grace Lutheran Church, 1730 Old Hudson Rd., St. Paul, (open 8 – 12 a.m. Monday through Saturday; 1 p.m. – 12 a.m. Sunday; drop-off/pick-up at Transit Hub)
Please note that parking at Roseville Area High School is not available this year. For more information about getting to the fair, visit www.mnstatefair.org/transportation/
Eco Experience—New Highlights. At this award-winning exhibit, an array of new highlights features the latest in: easy, everyday reduce-reuse-recycle how-tos that impact our air and water; healthy cooking tips to reduce food waste; innovations in green technology; and other compelling topics on environmentally focused living.
Eco Experience is a partnership of the State Fair, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and more than 150 organizations and businesses across the state. It is the largest environmental education event of its kind in the country.
Special Promotional Exhibits. A photographic mosaic created with fair fan snapshots, a colorful Berry Mobile, and popular playable video games are all part of this year’s State Fair on select dates. • On the fair’s opening day, with the help of guests who post fair photos on social media, watch as a surprise giant photo mosaic is revealed in real-time as more and more photos are added to the artwork. Watch the creation in progress Aug. 22, outside the east entrance to the Grandstand building. The final mosaic will be on display throughout the fair, so stop by anytime to snap a photo of the photo. • The Nintendo Switch Road Trip makes a stop at the State Fair, bringing playable demos of some of the hottest Nintendo Switch games, fun photo opportunities, Nintendo themed challenges and more. (Aug. 30 – Sept. 2) • Free berry treats, cool prizes, photo ops and family fun will be served up in the colorful Driscoll’s #BerryTogether Berry Mobile promotional exhibit. (Aug. 30 – Sept. 1)
New Features of Popular Exhibits & Experiences. Reading stories to dogs, performing trapeze art, creating with magnetic poetry, and digging into dirt are part of popular State Fair exhibits and experiences. These experiences are adding new features for the 2019 State Fair: • Pet Pavilions: “Read to a Breed” joins Read & Ride Day at the fair, giving children the opportunity to read to attentive dogs, cats, rabbits and other breeds of North Star Therapy Animals on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. • Arts A’Fair: Four local performing groups debut at the fair as part of the Arts A’Fair series of pop-up showcases: Bucket Brigade Theater (Aug. 22 – 24), James Sewell Ballet (Aug. 25 – 27), Captain Willy DeWitt – Comedy Stunt Show (Aug. 28 – 30), and Twin Cities Trapeze Center (Aug. 25 – 27, 31 – Sept. 2). • Alphabet Forest: This popular word-discovery wonderland celebrates its 10th year at the fair with the debut of a magnetic poetry word-play creation station. • Kemps Little Farm Hands: The littlest fair fans will get the scoop on soil and discover more about the ground we walk on.
History Highlights of the Early Fairs and the Sheep & Poultry Barn. The History Walking Tour, a two-mile self-guided exploration of some of the State Fair’s most historically significant spots, introduces two new additions to the tour: • Agricultural fairs in the Minnesota Territory began in 1854, flaunting the lush crops, healthy livestock and bustling society of the region to entice fair visitors to put down roots in Minnesota. Find out how many people attended the first fair after statehood in 1859 and other fun trivia to impress your friends.• The Sheep & Poultry Barn was built in 1937 by members of the Works Progress Administration, an employment program during the Great Depression. The work of artists hired by the WPA can still be seen today on the outside of the barn.
Pick up a tour brochure at any tour stop on the fairgrounds or the Minnesota Historical Society booth in the Education Building. Visit at least eight of the 12 stops and collect a prize. The History Walking Tour is supported by the Minnesota State Fair Foundation and the Minnesota Historical Society.
New Locations—3rd Lair SkatePark and Krazy Maze. Two popular attractions have new locations for the 2019 State Fair: • 3rd Lair SkatePark, presenting flips, tricks and daredevil skateboard and BMX bike demonstrations, is now located at Adventure Park on the southwest corner of West Dan Patch Avenue and Chambers Street. • Krazy Maze, a super-sized race against the clock to find the hidden letters—and the way out, is now located on the north side of Randall Avenue between Cooper and Cosgrove streets.
Unique Gifts & Home Décor—15 New Vendors: • Chalk Couture with Sojo: Crafting supplies to create personalized, professional-looking décor and gift items • Creative Outdoor Distributors: Folding wagons, neon clocks, barstools, canopies, folding chairs and tables, pub tables and more • GoodThings: Minnesota-related décor, lefse chips, kitchenware, clothing, soaps, blankets, custom State Fair socks and more • Grace Gear: Faith-related, custom-designed and embellished Bibles, journals, crosses and jewelry • Homespun Gifts & Décor: Minnesota-made and themed wall art, magnets, clothing, ornaments, jewelry, kitchenware and more • Jen’s Friends: Original handmade soft sculpture hockey monsters, Minnesota hedgehogs, Northwoods gnomes, Paul and Babe, and more • Kristi Abbott Original Art: Prints, mugs, glassware, T-shirts and more printed with original artwork designs • The Market at Fox Run: Featuring natural and environmentally friendly candles, soaps, jewelry décor and soft goods by 12 featured Minnesota artists • Patrick Reid O’Brien’s My Town Art: Original art on paper, canvas, glass, wood and apparel, illustrated on-site and personalized with names hidden in the art • PCR Stone Imports: Onyx stone lamps, bowls, wine racks, mirror frames, table tops, décor and more • Root’d: Trendy, nature-inspired décor, garden accessories, artwork, textiles, furniture and gifts • Socially Handcrafted: Decorative wood signs, pillows and marbled-design cut-outs of Minnesota and Wisconsin state shapes• Spiral Light Candles: Unique made-in-Minnesota candles in a variety of scents with spiral wicks that burn in a circle• Steven- Be: Designer StevenBe-inspired and hand-curated yarns, knitting tools, bags and other fiber art gifts, plus a selection of items by designer Christopher Straub • Ten Thousand Villages: Home décor, gifts and jewelry from 30 countries, made from recycled materials
Hobbies, Toys and the Outdoors—11 New Vendors: • Asmodee North America: Tabletop and board games for all ages, including Catan, Ticket to Ride, Spot It!, Rory’s Story Cubes and more • B-Driven Sports: Sports and medical compression sleeves for arms and legs, sun sleeves and compression socks • Edge Bowfishing: Information about guided bowfishing trips and bowfishing instruction • Euro Scooter: Three-wheeled, ADA-compliant, battery-powered electric scooters with numerous features to increase safety, comfort, ease-of-use and durability • Firebuggz: Campfire roasters, s’more builders, camping accessories, fire pit inserts and more • Handsome Cycles: Minnesota-built bikes, branded apparel, bike accessories and bike maintenance demonstrations • Have 2 Have It: Super-soft plush bunnies and puppies for children, custom embroidery on-site • PhotoBallGuy: Personalized photo sports ball gifts, awards, plaques and trophies made with digital photos • PuzzleTwist: Jigsaw puzzles with designs by Minnesota artists that differ slightly from the images on the box, including the 2007 Michael Birawer State Fair art • Topperezlift: TopperLift kits to transform a pickup truck and topper into a pop-up camper and Nomad camper packages to extend the truck bed • Total Sports Enterprises: Signed and unsigned memorabilia, including jerseys, footballs, helmets, pucks and photographs
Foodie Fun—Five New Vendors: • Caramel Kitchen: Handmade, artisan, all-natural caramel sauces in a variety of flavors • DiamondKingSmoker: Smokers-cookers, smoking woods, fire starters, cutting boards, BBQ meat thermometers, basting brushes and more • Doughmakers Kitchen: Doughmakers brand bakeware and kitchen gadgets • Minnesota Distillers Guild: Informational displays on Minnesota distilleries and cocktail rooms, grains and the distillation process, and a Minnesota Distillers passport
Lakes Beverage: BOOTLEG branded cocktail mix, glassware, shirts and hats
• Asian Invasion: T-shirts and hats with humorous puns, panda banks, pop-up greeting cards and more
The Bell Collection: Handcrafted heirloom sterling silver bell pendants and charms in sentimental designs meaningful to giver and receiver • Bows By Lisa Luann: Flexi-8 one-piece beaded barrette with attached hair pin and the EZ Bun hair accessory to create a variety of hair styles • Cowgirls Don’t Cry: Texas artist-designed cowboy hats with Swarovski crystals (custom orders accepted) and a variety of non-embellished brand-name hats • The Glitter Glamper: Temporary body bling, including 3D fantasy faces, unicorn horns, décolletage designs, glitter tattoos, glitter beards and more • Here’s to Ears: Handmade clip-on animal ears, tails and unicorn horns made with faux fur, faux suede and sequined fabric• Laura Kae Designs: One-of-a-kind handmade boutique girls’ clothing in a vintage look using modern designer fabrics and original children’s artwork, plus hair accessories, bonnets, bloomers and doll clothes • Mineral Hot Springs Therapy: All-natural Medicine Springs Mineral Therapy bath salt packets to turn a bathtub or hot tub into a mineral hot spring • Salt Soothers: Mix-your-own handcrafted organic sea spa salts in a variety of colors and scents, plus Dead Sea salt scrubs and bath bombs
Home & Work Solutions—Six New Vendors: • Kensington Garden Rooms: Handcrafted luxury cedar gazebos for outdoor residential and commercial use • Kohler Company: Kohler® Walk-in Bath and LuxStone Showers • RetroGreen Energy: How-to videos on performing home energy retrofits using high-performance products such as injection foam, spray foam and cellulose insulation • Scrubbie Sponges: Long-lasting sponges for household cleaning with no odor or bacteria build-up • Sunspace: Sunspace porch windows, screen products and deck railings • Ziegler CAT: Ziegler CAT equipment, including CAT UTVs, skid steer loaders, loaders and excavators
Out & About—Seven New Vendors: • Big Ideas Inc.: Opportunities to learn more about skilled trades such as carpentry, welding, plumbing, electrical, mechatronics, masonry, HVAC/sheet metal, commercial cooking, commercial sewing and more. • Red Cape CPR Training: Mobile CPR training service offering CPR, first aid and AED courses focusing on adults, children and pets; and information on Naloxone (Narcan), a medication to reverse the effects of opioid overdose • Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis (FRBM): Education materials on the roles and responsibilities of the FRBM and the local tour program • Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness: Raising awareness about efforts to protect, preserve and restore the wilderness character of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and the Quetico-Superior Ecosystem • GoServ Global: Information on how to be involved or be a provider of Safe T Homes®, highly modified grain bin structures used as long-term homes, hospitals and schools in tropical regions and disaster-relief areas of the world. • St. Paul Pioneer Press: Promoting newspaper, home-delivery and online subscriptions • Teachers On Call: Providing career placement services for short- and long-term substitute teachers and teachers’ aides
For more information and a complete list of vendors at the 2019 State Fair, use the Fair Finder at www.mnstatefair.org/fair-finder/ shops/. This tool will also be part of the free State Fair app for iPhones and Androids.
The Minnesota State Fair is one of the largest and best-attended expositions in the world, attracting nearly 2 million visitors annually. Showcasing Minnesota’s finest agriculture, art and industry, the Great Minnesota Get-Together is always 12 days of fun ending on Labor Day. The 2019 Minnesota State Fair runs Aug. 22 – Labor Day, Sept. 2. For more information, visit www.mnstatefair.org.