The Minnesota State Fairgrounds will get $11.1 million in improvements prior to the 2018 Great Minnesota Get-Together. The State Fair’s board of managers approved $7.2 million in capital work and $3.8 million in maintenance projects for the coming year.

Included is the construction of a new restroom.

According to Lara Hughes, Marketing and Communications Supervisor for the Fair, the new restroom will be located on Murphy Ave. between Underwood and Cooper streets.

A new pet exhibition and demonstration area will include two pavilions and a courtyard. “The new pet exhibition and demonstration area will continue to be on the north end of the fairgrounds,” said Hughes. “It will continue to feature pet exhibits, a variety of agility demonstrations and pet-oriented concessions.”

Hughes said the pet exhibition and demonstration area will be an improvement for both exhibitors and visitors.

According to Hughes, some of the upgrades to the livestock complex includes upgrade wash bays in the Horse Barn, added fans to the Sheep & Poultry Barn, replace windows in the Swine Barn, and install an access door in the Horse Barn. “The shade cloth at the Visitors Plaza will be replaced, and miscellaneous roof repairs and painting projects across the grounds,” she said.

There will be more than $3 million in improvements to the State Fair’s utilities and transportation infrastructure. “Most of this amount will go towards utilities like the upgrading of electrical distribution, street light replacements, and phone system maintenance,” said Hughes.

Transportation improvements include paving projects at the Kidway, Swine barn loading dock, X-Zone, repairs on various sidewalks and curbs and improve pavement in the Transit Hub, according to Hughes.

All projects are funded through State Fair operating revenue and grants from the Minnesota State Fair Foundation. The Fair is financially self-supporting and receives no government aid of any kind.

The 2018 Minnesota State Fair runs Aug. 23 – Labor Day, Sept. 3.



About Barb Teed

Barb has a M.A. in Liberal Studies from Hamline University, St. Paul, Minn., a B.A. in Media Studies from New School University, NYC., and Associates of Arts degree in Anthropology from Normandale Community College, Bloomington Minn. I was born in Duluth, Minn.