Photo from Minnesota State Fair Facebook page
After you whip down the Giant Slide on your burlap sack and marvel at those larger-than-life butter sculptures, check out these brand-new kid-friendly attractions at the fair:
Figure Skating Day. Olympic Gold Medalist Kristi Yamaguchi and national figure skater and Minnesota native Rohene Ward will be there signing autographs. Skating clubs will perform on ice that is actually plastic. An ice sculpture will be carved. Monday, August 31 at Carousel Park.
Math On-A-Stick. Let younger kiddos count their way through the fairgrounds with a number scavenger hunt, play with geometric tiles, meet mathematicians, and more. Open daily, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Family Fair at Baldwin Park.
History On-A-Schtick. This new show is a comedic who’s who (and what’s what) of state icons, from mosquitos to walleye to Paul Bunyan. Appropriately, there will also be a Cereal Bowl trivia contest hosted by Betty Crocker and a Bob Dylan parody. Plus: Be among the first Minnesotans to learn the 10,000 Lakes Polka! Shows run 9:30 a.m. daily at the Schell’s Stage at Schilling Amphitheater.
There is now a 4-H State Fair app with streaming video of its events, so the children can livestream that llama and alpaca costume contest while they’re waiting in line for a bucket of Sweet Martha’s Cookies. Efficient.
Two new rides are lighting up the Mighty Midway this year: A New York-themed fun house and a roller coaster described as “a thrill-seeker’s scream dream.” From personal experience, JuiceBox recommends scream dreaming before cheese curding.
And words to the wise: There will be free SPF 30 sunscreen at every information booth, so your fam can meander through the fairgrounds sans sunburn souvenirs.
See you at the fair! JuiceBox will be the exceedingly pregnant one with a bag of mini-donuts in one hand and a pickle on a stick in the other.