Five New Attractions I'm Excited for at the 2019 Minnesota State Fair

I'm saying nothing but positive things about the fact that the MN State Fair is right around the corner and the MN State Fair has announced some of the new things to see at the great Minnesota get together and here's the five new attractions I'm most interested in seeing.

ANGRY BIRDS UNIVERSE: THE EXHIBITION in the North End Event Center

Making its Midwest debut, ANGRY BIRDS UNIVERSE: THE EXHIBITION is the inaugural exhibit in the North End Event Center and is only at the 2019 State Fair. Based on the famous game and characters that took the world by storm, this exhibit gives fair fans of all ages the chance to explore art and science concepts through unique, hands-on interactives. “Be the bird” and explore science, technology, engineering, art and math through unique, hands-on interactives: Build and race handheld vehicles; launch larger-than-life Angry Birds with massive slingshots; try your hand in a high-tech design studio; learn about egg sizes, wing span and flight dynamics; and propel down a zip line to knock over enormous foam structures – these are just some of the exhibit’s unique activities. Physics, animation, gravity, magnetics, geometry and more have never been so fun. This exhibit is free with fair admission.

 

Minnesota Corn Fairstalk

Greeting guests as they meander through the North End, this 24-foot-tall one-of-a-kind art installation celebrates Minnesota agriculture. Giant LED screens, displaying fun facts about corn and farming, food and the fair, are integrated into the design of what is sure to become an iconic photo stop for fair visitors. Fair guests are invited to contribute to the video content shown on the Minnesota Corn Fairstalk. Use #mnstatefair in your social media posts showing the best parts of your fair day, and your post may be shown on the Minnesota Corn Fairstalk LED screens. Named for the Minnesota Corn Growers Association and Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council in recognition for their gift to the North End Campaign.

Located at the North End, north of Murphy Avenue, west of the North End Event Center. 

Eco Experience – New Highlights 

At this award-winning exhibit, an array of new highlights features the latest in: easy, everyday reduce-reuse-recycle how-tos that impact our air and water; healthy cooking tips to reduce food waste; innovations in green technology; and other compelling topics on environmentally focused living. At this year’s Eco Experience, here’s a sampling of the questions fair guests will find answers to:

  • An 18,000-pound block of ice in the center of the Eco Experience exhibit will melt away during the fair, raising awareness of how climate change is shortening Minnesota’s lake ice season and the implications for our economy and ecology. Sign up to be a citizen volunteer and help collect lake ice data.
  • See a battery-powered lawn mower, snow blower and other equipment on display in the “Green Garage.”

 

Rides to check out NEW this year at the Midway

  • Sea Ray:Hop on board a giant pirate ship for a wild ride that swings from side to side – as if you’re on a high-seas adventure.
  • Zero Gravity: Supersonic spins and centrifugal force combine for an adrenaline-rushing ride.

The Sioux Chef® Presents the Indigenous Food Lab at Dan Patch Park 

Celebrate the richness, beauty and diversity of Minnesota’s indigenous foods and culture in a special daylong program from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 1, at Dan Patch Park. Throughout the day, indigenous chefs will demonstrate native foods from North America and share the history, cultural significance, culinary and medicinal uses, and preservation techniques of an array of ingredients and dishes. Winner of a prestigious James Beard Award, Chef Sean Sherman will present a cooking demonstration and discuss the foundations of the Indigenous Food Systems. Also taking center stage are traditional drumming, singing and dancing that showcase the cultural artistry of Minnesota tribes. The program will also feature NATIFS (North American Traditional Indigenous Food Systems), a non-profit organization focused on education and access to Native foods, and introduce the Indigenous Food Lab, a culinary training center coming to the Twin Cities in 2020. Free with fair admission. Presented with the support of the Minnesota State Fair Foundation.

Located at Dan Patch Park 

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