State Fair: 10 Tips for Teen Fairgoers

State Fair: 10 Tips for Teen Fairgoers Photo: KSTP-TV

August 22, 2018 03:16 PM

With the beginning of school nearing, some Minnesota teens will want to experience as much as possible before returning to the classroom. 

The Minnesota State Fair offers a number of opportunities to explore and be entertained during the last few days of summer. 


From rides and fair games, to new foods, to hands-on exhibits, there is plenty to keep Minnesota teens busy at the fair. 

1. Trying new fair foods - There is no better place to overcome picky eating than at the fair. This year, new fair foods offer global options, including shrimp ceviche, ahi tuna poke bowls, Moroccan sausage bowls, mangonada shave ice and earth wings (a vegan play on chicken wings). Learn more about new fair food options here. 

2. Experience nightly fireworks - Fireworks aren't only for the Fourth of July. Teens and their families can enjoy fireworks at the State Fair every night following Grandstand performances. 

3. Skateboard and BMX bike demonstrations at The X-Zone - See extreme athletes catch some air at The X-Zone. From Aug. 23 to Aug. 26 and Aug. 30 to Sept. 3, BMX bike and skateboard demonstrations will take place at noon, 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. The 2018 Summer Series Championships will also take place at the fair. Fairgoers can meet riders and receive autographs after the competition. Learn more about The X-Zone here. 

4. Catch radio hits during the Lord Huron and Trampled by Turtles concert - Known best for their hit song "The Night We Met", Lord Huron will take the stage at the State Fair on Aug. 25 prior to Trampled by Turtles. The Duluth-based folk and bluegrass band Trampled by Turtles will take the stage after, playing songs off their new album "Life is Good on the Open Road" as well as other hits. 

5. Take part in U of M studies at the Driven to Discover exhibit - Try chips made with cricket flour or rate computer-generated voices to help create a "Siri" for people with ALS at the Driven to Discover Exhibit. The research facility is operated by the University of Minnesota. Fairgoers can meet with U of M researchers and participate in their studies. See the schedule of studies here.

6. Meet Local Athletes - Stop by the Fan Central on Underwood Street to meet professional athletes. Fair attendees can interact with athletes from the Minnesota Timberwolves, Minnesota Lynx, Minnesota Wild, St. Paul Saints, Minnesota Vixen, Minnesota United FC and Minnesota RollerGirls. 

7. Learn about experimental aircrafts at the Experimental Aircraft Association's Spirit of Aviation exhibit - Build a foam glider or take the controls of a flying simulator at the Experimental Aircraft Association's booth at the State Fair. The exhibit, located on the northeast corner of Judson Avenue and Nelson Street, also allows fairgoers to experience 360-virtual reality video and a hands-on experience with tools used in building experimental aircrafts. 

8. Go to new heights - Fairgoers can step out of their comfort zone at the Boy Scouts of America's exhibit at the fair as they try out the interactive climbing rope course. The Boy Scouts are located on the north side of Randall Avenue between Cooper Street and Cosgrove Street. 

9. Get spooked at the haunted house - If the end of summer isn't terrifying enough, fairgoers can get their fill of scares at the State Fair's Haunted House. The Haunted House is located on the southeast corner of Judson Avenue and Underwood Street. The attraction costs $4. 

10. Find thrills at the Mighty Midway - For some, no State Fair visit is complete without a trip to the midway for rides and games. Seven new rides are awaiting thrill-seekers at the Minnesota State Fair this year. The new rides include the Downdraft, the Haunted Castle Dark Ride, the Rock Star, the Super Frisbee, the Twin Flip, the Combination Carousel and a new teacup ride. 


Ben Rodgers

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