Around 2,000 Items Turned in Every Year to State Fair's Lost and Found

Updated: 09/01/2014 4:45 PM
Created: 09/01/2014 3:38 PM
By: Brad Sattin

As the Minnesota State Fair winds down, the fair’s lost and found tends to wind up.

The head of the unit, Julie Samec, says up to 2,000 items are turned in during the fair’s 12-day run every year. Most of the valued items, like cell phones, are eventually claimed by their owners.

Chad Olson stopped by the lost and founds Monday to claim his iPhone.

“We were about halfway home, and I realized I didn’t have my phone,” he told us. “And I thought, ‘there’s no way we’re going to find this.’”

Rides are often to blame for lost phones with all the twirling and spinning upside down.

“They flipped her upside down, and she grabbed her glasses, and the phone fell out of her pocket,” Laura Zamora said about her granddaughter.

What are some of the strangest items that make their way into the lost and found? Samec says a few years ago, someone lost a set of false teeth at the fair and eventually came back to claim them.

If you lost something at the fair, there is still time to find it. The administration building will be taking calls daily over the next two weeks as more items are found during cleanup at the fairgrounds.

You can call the administration building through September 19.

Around 2,000 items will make it into the lost and found at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.
Photo: KSTP-TV

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