New attractions, experiences at the Minnesota State Fair

The North End Event Center will be the newest thing to check out at the Minnesota State Fair in 2019. Photo: KSTP/ Chris Knoll
The North End Event Center will be the newest thing to check out at the Minnesota State Fair in 2019.

Updated: August 23, 2019 08:40 AM

The Minnesota State Fair of course offers plenty of food, drinks and attractions. But each year, there's always something new to check out at the Great Minnesota Get-Together. 

The newest destination at the State Fair includes the North End. The area received an expanded redevelopment over the past year and features many newly added attractions, with one of them being a brand new event center.


The North End Event Center is the area's stunning brand-new centerpiece to the North End. It houses a 12,000 square-foot state-of-the-art exhibit hall that will be the fair-time home to annually changing museum-quality exhibits that fair guests can enjoy free with fair admission. The inaugural exhibit debuting this year is the 'Angry Birds Universe: The Exhibit.'

New Angry Birds exhibit debuts at North End Event Center at State Fair

The attraction gives fair fans of all ages the chance to explore art and science concepts through a unique, hands-on interactives, according to State Fair officials. For more information on the exhibit, click here.

Another new destination in 2019 is the Minnesota Corn Fairstalk, also located at the North End. As fairgoers walk through the area, greeting them is a 24-foot-tall one-of-a-kind art installation celebrates Minnesota agriculture. State Fair officials say giant LED screens, displaying fun facts about corn and farming, food and the fair, are integrated into the design of what is sure to become an iconic photo stop for fair visitors. Fair guests are invited to contribute to the video content shown on the Minnesota Corn Fairstalk. Use #mnstatefair in your social media posts showing the best parts of your fair day, and your post may be shown on the Minnesota Corn Fairstalk LED screens.

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The Mighty Midway will feature two new rides and the Kidway will feature one new kids ride this year. The Sea Ray— a giant pirate ship that swings from side to side— and Zero Gravity, which includes supersonic spins and centrifugal force combine for an adrenaline-rushing ride, according to State Fair officials. The new Kidway ride is a merry-go-round. 

Other new exhibits this year at the fair include the Indigenous Food Lab, presented by The Sioux Chef. Throughout the day, indigenous chefs will demonstrate native foods from North America and share the history, cultural significance, culinary and medicinal uses, and preservation techniques of an array of ingredients and dishes, according to State Fair officials. The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Dan Patch Park & Stage on Sept. 1

A Goat Booth will be open during four days of the event. Fairgoers can stop by and educate themselves more about the many goat breeds through activities and displays. The exhibit will be open Aug. 30 from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m., Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sept. from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

For craft beer fans, the Agriculture Horticulture Building will have the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild presenting 'Brewed in Minnesota.' The exhibit provides an educational, interactive and enjoyable exhibit that celebrates Minnesota's fast-growing craft beer industry. The Guild will offer flights of craft beer from nearly 100 Minnesota breweries and brewpubs; educational stations showcasing the history, agriculture and industry that supports Minnesota craft beer; and daily stage programs that showcase what everyone should know about Minnesota craft beer, the Guild, and its members.

For more on what's new at the Minnesota State Fair in 2019, visit the event's website

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