Imagine a faint breeze stirring on an otherwise calm early morning. You hear a pig snort and cows mooing as you catch the aroma of something delicious on the breeze. It’s frying meat — possibly breakfast sausage or bacon. The air is cool but not cold, and it holds the promise of warming up steadily as the day goes on. Summer is almost gone but not quite as you stand and soak up the animal sounds from the barns mingled with the coming autumn. This could be anywhere in the country of rural Minnesota, except it’s not. You don’t have to be on a farm to experience it either because you’re a morning visitor to the Minnesota State Fair!
If you live in the Land of 10,000 Lakes it’s hard to miss the excitement building in late August as the Minnesota State Fair approaches. The fair opens THIS week — Thursday at 6 a.m. to be exact — and it promises amazing food options, carnival rides, endless exhibits, animals, and people watching galore.
The Moo Booth in the Cattle Barn
Believe it or not, you will also find farmers at the fair. Yes, you may bump into them throughout the livestock barns or 4-H and FFA exhibits, but there’s another spot you can find a farmer ready to answer your questions all twelve days of fair. That spot is the Minnesota Farm Bureau building. Farmers from across the state volunteer to connect with fair goers everyday simply because it’s important to share what we do. We know people have questions about things like food labeling, animal care, and how things work on modern farms. Who better to answer those questions than a farmer?
While you’re visiting with a farmer you can also check out the other great things offered in the Farm Bureau building.
First of all — giveaways! Many giveaways are featured this year, and they all have family-friendly learning components.
- Rain barrel giveaway
- Children’s book giveaway each day of the fair including The Kid Who Changed the World, The Beeman and How Did That Get in My Lunchbox.
- Kitchen goodies featuring insulated lunch bags, ice cream scoops, and Pico de Gallo recipe cards.
While you’re registering for the rain barrel be sure the check out the information on how farmers work hard to conserve water and have decreased water usage over the past 20 years.
If looking at crops and flowers is more your style you won’t be disappointed. The MN Farm Bureau building features a Pico de Gallo garden growing the tasty vegetables from the recipe card, and they also have a pollinator garden of beautiful flowers to attract bees.
Now I know you’re all dying to ask… “How do I get there?”
Well, the MN Farm Bureau state fair building is located at 1305 Underwood Street, directly across from the Food Building and behind the giant slide. I know the state fair is huge with many exhibits (and foods) vying for your attention, but you’ll be glad you stopped by! Enjoy the rest of summer, and see you at the fair.
All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this post. MN Farm Bureau provided me with information and some photos.