The deadline to order a bench for 2020 has passed. Contributions made after June 1, 2020 will be produced for the 2021 State Fair.
Questions and answers about the cancellation of the 2020 State Fair and our brick, bench and table program:
I ordered a bench before the 2020 deadline, is my bench still being produced?
Yes – We are working with our producers to have these delivered to the fairgrounds for this year.
Will I get to see my new bench this year?
We will do all we can to make this possible! While we’re not sure exactly what it will look like yet, we are planning for a way for you to be able to see your bench on the fairgrounds this year. If we are unable to have an in-person gathering, we are also working on a way to virtually show each person their bench through that means.
Does the 5-year warranty include 2020?
We will extend the 5-year warranty an additional year for all bricks, benches and tables delivered in 2020.
Can I still order a brick, bench or table right now?
The deadline for benches and tables has passed (June 1), but you can still order a brick before July 1. For contributions received after these dates, these items will be made in 2021.
Your personalized bench awaits! Add your story to the fairgrounds today.
Customized Bench Text
You can personalize the back of one 8-foot bench with 14 characters including spaces.
We invite business names or logos to be included on the plaque. However, text on the backrest may not include business names or advocacy messages. The Minnesota State Fair Foundation reserves the right to edit or reject submissions. To ensure accuracy, a certificate will be mailed for confirmation.
The deadline to have a bench placed in 2020 has passed. For contributions received after the deadline, these items will be made in 2021.
Customized Plaque Text
A 8.5″ x 7″ tamper-proof plaque can also be affixed to the back of the bench for no additional charge. Plaques have room for five lines of text with up to 21 characters, including spaces, in each line. Any photos for the plaque should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bench Colors and Location
Benches are placed in one of four zones on the fairgrounds:
- Blue – Area surrounding the Grandstand – includes Dan Patch Park
- Green – North fairgrounds – includes Little Farm Hands and Baldwin Park
- Red – Historic livestock area – includes all barns, Warner Coliseum and CHS Miracle of Birth Center
- Yellow – Southeast fairgrounds – includes Agriculture Horticulture Building, International Bazaar, Bandshell and J.V. Bailey House