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.
**NEW SMARTPHONE VERSION OF STATE FAIR HISTORY WALKING AND CELL PHONE TOUR AVAILABLE MID-AUGUST:
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.
Minnesota State Fair Website:
Minnesota Historical Society:
Minnesota Digital Library:
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