The Foundation accepts contributions to create a fairgrounds that is universally accessible, green and welcoming with visitor amenities, energy efficiencies and beautiful landscaping such as plazas, shade, seating and gardens.
DNR Park Beautification
In 2012, the Foundation partnered with the State Fair to improve the DNR Park - 2.75 acres prominently located between Carnes and Judson Avenues. Through generous contributions from community partners we were able to improve the greenery and plantings in the park. We hope to continue and expand these improvements in 2013.
Vines on the Fence Lines
One exciting project underway is testing a variety of vines along the State Fair fence lines. Adding vines to the fence lines will enhance the green environment on our fairgrounds and in our neighborhood. This is one example of projects supported with gifts restricted to the Environmental Applications program area.
To inquire, call Kay Cady at (651) 288-4324 or email@example.com.
To millions of annual visitors, the trees on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds are truly a treasure. Many of the majestic trees and lush canopies that shade the fairgrounds have been lost in recent years to disease and storms. The Foundation is active in preserving the “urban forest” on the fairgrounds.
In 2009, the 5,200 light bulbs that light up the Grandstand Marquee were replaced with energy-efficient LED bulbs with the support of Foundation donors.The Grandstand Marquee is an icon of the Minnesota State Fair. When lit, the giant letters signal that our nationally-acclaimed State Fair is just around the corner.
Seating and Plazas
Foundation donors help to improve seating while recognizing friends and loved ones. More than 350 Foundation recognition benches are placed throughout the fairgrounds during the State Fair. Each bench tells the story of a special fair experience. Many have been donated in honor or memory of people who have been a part of State Fair history.
Near the CHS Miracle of Birth Center, Horse Barn and in the Grandstand Plaza visitors to the fairgrounds will find hundreds of bricks that honor great fair fans.
Click here if you are interested in adding a brick or bench to the fairgrounds.
State Fair Story
The State Fair Foundation is inspired by history, as exemplified by this remark from J.V. Bailey, president of the Agricultural Society in 1934: "The State Fair teaches by exhibit, lecture and pamphlet, the means whereby two blades of grass can be grown with less cost and less effort than ever before. The fair approaches in scope and merit an institution of learning. It has taught practical methods and given encouragement for greater production."
-J.V. Bailey (1934)