With your involvement, the Minnesota State Fair Foundation (501)(c)(3) preserves and improves the historic Minnesota State Fair buildings and grounds, and supports State Fair agricultural, scientific and educational experiences.

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Saint Paul, MN 55108
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From school projects to family historians, we know that there is great interest in learning about the people and events that are a part of State Fair history. Through contributions to the Foundation, photos and records are being catalogued and preserved in an effort to eventually make them accessible to the public year-round. Here are some links and resources for State Fair history:

Minnesota State Fair Digital Archives

Search through State Fair annual reports and competition results dating back to the 1800s.


History meets high-tech in a new smartphone version of the Minnesota State Fair History Walking and Cell Phone Tour. Archival images, maps and text enhance the powerful audio of personal memories and narrated history.


History Walking Tour Brochure
Historical Dates at the State Fair
Historic Buildings at the State Fair

Minnesota State Fair Website:

Minnesota State Fair History

Minnesota Historical Society:

Search for Minnesota State Fair photographs, images, books and documents

Minnesota Digital Library:

Search for Minnesota State Fair photographs and images

On the Fairgrounds:

Visit the J.V. Bailey House to browse through State Fair annual reports and see our State Fair history exhibit.

Presented in partnership with the Minnesota Historical Society, the History Walking Tour is a great way to learn about State Fair favorites while exploring all corners of the grounds on this self-guided tour.
Click here to listen to the tour online!

During the State Fair:
Visit the Minnesota State Fair History Museum in Heritage Square

State Fair Story

“There are a million stories out there about the fair, and a million lies, too, probably. But the past has been great and I think the future is going to be great. It's just getting better all the time.”

- Gale Frost
Long-time Minnesota State Fair Historian and Founder of the State Fair History Museum in Heritage Square