From school projects to family historians, we know 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.


Minnesota State Fair History Walking Tour



Minnesota State Fair History Website

Search for Minnesota State Fair photographs, images, books and documents (Minnesota Historical Society)

Search for Minnesota State Fair photographs and images (Minnesota Digital Library)


On the Fairgrounds:


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.


During the State Fair:
Visit the Minnesota State Fair History & Heritage Center in West End Market.



History Walking Tour Brochure

Historical Dates at the State Fair