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Old 08-24-2011, 11:28 PM
 
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I am making my first trip to the Minnesota State Fair ... since 1987. I loved the fair back then but had a four day stay when my vehicle died.

The fair has a great website and I downloaded a lot of the info - daily schedules, park and ride locations, freebies, etc. We will be staying near MOA and planning to park OFF-SITE at one of the locations served by the shuttle buses.

We are planning to spend an entire day at the fair - arriving at 9 am and staying until we have seen everything ... or are ready to drop.

Any suggestions or recommendations??
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Old 08-25-2011, 01:04 AM
 
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unquestionably the best parking available is on the U of M campus at the Gortner Ave Ramp, a short walk to the Midway for $8.

University of Minnesota - Parking and Transportation Services
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Old 08-25-2011, 04:06 AM
 
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There are free park and ride lots all over the metro, don't pay for parking or bus transportation when you can get it for free. We used to park at the Snelling/94 lot but that is closed this year because of construction.

The Miracle of Birth building is newer and pretty fun. You can go watch farm animals give birth-cows, pigs, etc.

Food-well that is why you go to the fair really. Everything is "on a stick". I think I read this year that they even have deep fried butter on a stick.

If you have a smartphone, there is a good app to download that has a food finder, etc. on it. It's pretty good.

There is a parade everyday at 2:00.

The free concerts are excellent. Depending on when you are going, one group we always try to see is Tonic Sol Fa--love them. They are an a capella group from St. Cloud, mostly, and they are amazing. They are there on Sept 2-3rd.
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Old 08-25-2011, 10:36 PM
 
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Park for free on Roselawn Ave, east of Snelling and just walk through the U of MN farm fields one-half mile to Larpenteur and enter the fair. Must haves are cheese curds,Tom Thumb mini donuts, and a trip to the milk booth.
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Old 08-27-2011, 08:14 AM
 
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I'll hop in here with a question as well. We're headed down to the fair next weekend and planning to make a day of it. However, we'll have our 6-month-old daughter who gets a little over-stimulated from time to time. Any suggestions for a quieter place either on the grounds or nearby where we could take her when she needs a nap or a break?

I don't think I've ever been to the MN State Fair. I've done the IA state fair for the last few years (not this year), so I'll be curious to compare the two!
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Old 08-27-2011, 09:12 AM
 
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I'll hop in here with a question as well. We're headed down to the fair next weekend and planning to make a day of it. However, we'll have our 6-month-old daughter who gets a little over-stimulated from time to time. Any suggestions for a quieter place either on the grounds or nearby where we could take her when she needs a nap or a break?

I don't think I've ever been to the MN State Fair. I've done the IA state fair for the last few years (not this year), so I'll be curious to compare the two!
I am pretty sure, somewhere, there is a "family" area for nursing babies, etc. I think it is set up with recliners and toys, etc. I can't remember where I saw that though--look at the fair website.

Our kids were there on Thursday. Our daughter used the fair app on her Iphone and she said it was awesome because it showed you where you were, what was around you and you could look up what you wanted to see or eat and it would direct you there . It's a free app.
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Old 08-27-2011, 10:48 AM
 
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The nursing area is in the family block out past the Eco Experience.

The North side of the fair doesn't seem as high traffic as the central area.
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Old 08-27-2011, 10:48 AM
 
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i live in edina. where is the best place to park and ride for me?
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Old 08-27-2011, 10:58 AM
 
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i live in edina. where is the best place to park and ride for me?
Southdale??
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Old 08-27-2011, 12:41 PM
 
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My favorite thing to do is the Eco Experience
Living Green - Eco Experience - Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Hope you have a great time. I also recommend trying Fried Pickles they taste AMAZING
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