Going To The Fair? Here’s The Salem Green Guide To The Minnesota State Fair

The Minnesota State Fair is just nine days away and we’re all getting excited about making our annual pilgrimage to the fairgrounds for some great food and entertainment. The festivities begin August 22 and run through September 2; read on for tips on free events at the Minnesota State Fair and how to purchase tickets and get there.

Minnesota State Fair Tickets Drawing

Now you have a chance to make your Minnesota State Fair experience a little cheaper – we are holding a name-drawing contest for two tickets to the Minnesota State Fair, plus a coupon Bargain Book for the fair, and $20.00 spending money to help you buy some yummy fair food! All you have to do to get your name into the drawing is leave a comment on this blog post or on our Facebook page about what you are looking forward to most about the Minnesota State Fair.

Free Activities

  • Lumberjack Show at the North Woods Lumberjack Arena: Daily at 11 am, 1:30 pm, 5 pm and 7 pm
  • 2 pm: Daily Parade
  • Kemps Little Farm Hands Exhibit- kids can ride tractors, plant crops and milk cows
  • “Flippenout” a high-energy trampoline/acrobatic show performing four times daily at the X-Zone
  • Laser Light Show Nightly at 9:15 pm

Horse Shows at the Lee and Rose Warner Coliseum:

  • English Horse Show: August 22-27
  • Western Horse Show: August 30- September 2
  • High School Rodeo: August 28-September 2

Leinie Lodge Bandshell Tonight Concerts at 8:30 pm:

  • August 24 & 25: Blue Oyster Cult-known for their songs “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper”, “Godzilla” and “Burnin’ for You”.
  • August 26 & 27: Hanson-known for their song “MMMBop”

Buying Tickets And Getting There

Purchase tickets at Cub Foods

2001 South Robert Street
West St. Paul, MN 55118
(651) 451-2877

Make sure to check out Cub Foods or the State Fair website to get your tickets ahead of time at a discounted price. If you buy your tickets in advance they are $9 (reg. $12) and you can get the bargain book for $4 (reg. $5).

Metro Transit Shuttle Locations 
Don’t feel like driving to the State Fair? Take the bus! For $5 you can park and ride Express Buses to the State Fair: buses run daily during the fair, from 8:00 am  to Midnight.

Here’s the top 2 closest State Fair Park and Ride locations:

1. Signal Hills Shopping Center – Service every 30 minutes South Robert St. & Butler Ave. (near Kmart)
2. Eagan Transit Station – Every 30 minutes on weekends and Labor Day Yankee Doodle & Pilot Knob Rd at I-35E

14 responses to “Going To The Fair? Here’s The Salem Green Guide To The Minnesota State Fair”

  1. I love the fair food of course – trying the new and the every year food with friends!

  2. We love it too, Linda! Watch out for the chocolate covered jalapenos. They were hot!

  3. brigham adam says:

    My favorite things at the fair include trying new foods and going down the giant slide. Also getting together with friends at the Ball Park Cafe.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I love the Corn on the Cobb, French Fries & Turkey legs and of course the Midway!

  5. Stephanie runge says:

    im excited.for the music and the food!

  6. Amanda Burgess says:

    I am looking forward to all the delicious food, especially cheese curds(my favorite)!

  7. Marty Faeh says:

    Love to try new foods and people watch with good friends. :))

  8. Tiffany Foote says:

    I am so excited to see all the new crafts people have made.

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  10. Erica Coopersmith says:

    It’s become tradition with me and my dad to go to the Midway Men’s club and have a beer (or in my case a pop) and a brat since we started going when we first came up here ten years ago from Illinois when I was nine… and every year we end up lost and unable to find it for a good half hour forty/five minutes because I end up dragging him to the other side of the fair for salt water taffy or some ice cream.

    Of course he always tells me “Erica we can’t leave without going into one smelly building and the bathrooms don’t count.” So it’s also be come tradition to go into one smelly building before we leave the fair.

  11. Anna Todd says:

    We are looking forward to trying all of the new and bizarre foods that they have there, per state fair tradition! Wine glazed deep fried meatloaf? You betcha!

  12. We’ve loved hearing about all of your favorite things about the Fair – thanks for all the great ideas that NOW we have to try too!

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  14. I am most looking forward to hanging out with my awesome girlfriend Amy and eating everything on a stick.