Photo courtesy MN State Fair
And if these super-cheap swag items for the under-10 set aren’t enough, and you have your reading glasses handy, here’s the Fair’s list of every giveaway on every day.
Sunscreen. Don’t bring your own, only to be squashed to explosion inside your purse. There will be SPF 30 dispensers at all information booths, safe for everyone from birth on up.
YOXO. The first 800 kids each day can receive a YOXO toy—the Lego-like puzzle experience made in Minnesota from recycled materials. At the Eco Experience
Renaissance Festival: On Kids Day (Aug. 31 and Sept. 7) and Thrifty Thursday (Aug. 27), you can pick up free kids tickets to the Renaissance Festival. Why not? Gather ye rosebuds while ye may, families. Outside the Sheep and Poultry Barn
Pencils: Obviously free Fair pencils are why Minnesota children outpace the rest of the nation in school. They’re everywhere, and if you work at it, you can fill out your school-supply quota with 'em. On Kids Day, you can get a three-pack of special Minnesota pencils for $1 at the Love from Minnesota Booth. And if you’re feeling generous, head over to the German Specialty Imports shop for a giant $6 German pencil—with its own sharpener—on Kids Day. Love from Minnesota Booth on Dan Patch between Underwood & Cooper streets; German Specialty Imports in the International Bazaar
Fairy and rock garden accessories: Mini lawn ornaments, miniature fairy garden items, fairy dust, $1 or less. Magically cheap! East side of Nelson St. between Carnes & Judson avenues
Fossils: On Kids Day, hit the fossil bargain bin and get a discount on four fossils at ZRS Fossils & Gifts. It will give you a lot of time to check your phone when the kids do their digging in that bin. In the Grandstand, lower level, northeast section
Peacock feathers: $1 or less at India Imports. Fancy! In the International Bazaar
Bookmarks and Postcards: $1 or less at Countryside Art Gallery in the Merchandise Mart, Usborne Books in the Coliseum, and Love from Minnesota on Dan Patch, between Underwood & Cooper streets. Some of those bookmarks and postcards even have puppies on ‘em.
Candy necklaces: $1 or less at the ICandy Sugar Shoppe West of Nelson, South of the Grandstand. Then go find the free toothbrushes and toothpaste.