August 21, 2018

Fairgoers of all ages will connect agriculture to their daily lives with fast and fun, hands-on activities in the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s (MDA) 2018 State Fair exhibit. The activities, sponsored by Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom (MAITC), are scheduled throughout the 12 days of the fair.  Children can make a living plant necklace, a wool bracelet, custom wildflower seed mix, and a livestock animal ear tag that they can take home.

All activities will take place from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. in the North Hall of the Agriculture/Horticulture Building on the following dates:

Thursday, August 23
Saturday, August 25
Monday, August 27
Thursday, August 30
Saturday, September 1

Additional activities in the MDA State Fair exhibit will include a free native wildflower seed packet giveaway, information on the Minnesota Cottage Food Law for home canners and bakers, and farmer-members of the Minnesota Grown program will be on hand to answer questions about their food production and farm operations. A variety of fun photo-op stations will be set up throughout the exhibit.

Fair visitors are also invited to participate in the Protect Minnesota Pollinators campaign through social media, using #MNpollinatorhero to inspire others to make their pollinator promise.

The MDA State Fair exhibit is located in the North Hall of the Agriculture/Horticulture Building at the corner of Underwood Avenue and Judson Street on the fairgrounds. The Minnesota State Fair is Thursday, August 23 through Labor Day, September 3. Exhibits are open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

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Media Contact
Margaret Hart, MDA Communications
652-201-6131
Margaret.Hart@state.mn.us