Stop by and visit us at the Great Minnesota Get together! Visit the Governor on Facebook for can’t miss agency stops and follow @GovMarkDayton on Twitter to find out when the Governor will be visiting the Minnesota State Fair throughout the week.
Pollution Control Agency: The Eco Experience, with more than 350,000 visitors during the 12 days of the Fair, cannot be missed. MPCA, a main contributor to this project, encourages Minnesotans to buy more eco-friendly products and services, provides support for those businesses which produce green products, and helps Minnesotans attain and act on environmental knowledge. Eco Experience is located on the corner of Cosgrove and Randall bringing together different organizations, ideas, and hands-on activities all about helping improve Minnesota’s environment!
Department of Agriculture: Urban Minnesotans may think the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) only works with farmers. However, the MDA’s 2012 State Fair exhibit will show how the agency touches every Minnesotan. Located in the North Hall of the Agriculture/Horticulture Building, the MDA exhibit will offer:
The Department of Natural Resources: promises more than a few opportunities to learn and have fun at the fair. Fairgoers can see Smokey the Bear at 11am and 1pm daily and even “take a walk” with him at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm on Friday, August 24.
Visitors can learn the facts about invasive species in MN with the DNR’s new interactive stations and videos, and can participate in scavenger hunt with prizes. Fairgoers who stop at all the stations can earn an Invasive Species Awareness paper crown, fearing leaping silver carp and an emerald ash borer beetle (limited quantity available), as a reminder to keep your eyes peeled for non-native plants and animals!
Check out the Fire Tower any time of the day, 9am to 5pm, weather permitting. Or attend a Fish Pond Talk by MinnAqua Program Specialists at quarter-to-the-hour from 9:45am-4pm. If visitors are excited about birds, the DNR Garden Stage has them covered with the show all about “Birds of Prey” at 11am, 2pm, and 4pm daily. Don’t forget to mark down these three special days hosted by the DNR: Governor’s Fire Protection Day on August 24, Invasive Species Day on August 27, and Commissioner’s Awards Day on August 31.
Department of Education: Read-It is sure to have many wonderful adventures at the fair, make sure to join him at the Department of Education’s booth! Stop by for a chance to win Read-It’s twin sister, Paige. On Monday, August 27th at 3 pm, the Minnesota Department of Education will test knowledge of six state commissioners and six middle school students in the first ever Back to School Academic Olympics at this year’s State Fair. Competing in teams of two – one commissioner and one youth – Emcee Jason DeRusha of WCCO will ask academic based questions until only one team is left standing.
Department of Commerce: The main Commerce booth will be set up in the Education Building. Make sure not to miss the Energy Solutions Home exhibit in the Eco Experience Building to learn how your home can become more energy efficient. To learn more about Minnesota’s health insurance exchange, stop by the Health Insurance Exchange booth in the Health Fair 11 Building.
Department of Human Services: Minnesota’s seniors will get all the resources they need at the Minnesota Board on Aging booth. Located in the Education Building, they can learn about the SHARE Minnesota Campaign, an initiative of Lt. Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon, which connects seniors to volunteer opportunities when they call the Senior LinkAge Line. There will also be an “Own Your Future” presence where folks can gather information and materials about activities. If fairgoers have questions about disability employment opportunities or resources for people with disabilities in general, the Minnesota State Council on Disability booth – also in the Education Building – will be providing materials and demonstrations.
Department of Revenue: It’s a one-stop-shop to visit all that the Department of Revenue has to offer in the Education Building. With two sections, fairgoers can get information for veterans and active military, receive a school supplies receipt envelope, or get general tax information. In section two, people can give their own ideas about tax reform, grab a free giveaway, or even let the kids learn about key tax reform themes. Don’t forget to write your tax reform ideas on the giant banner before you leave!
Department of Transportation: While at the Education Building, people should stop by the MnDOT booth to learn about the state’s transportation efforts. Passersby can take a state highway map and ask any questions they might have to the MnDOT staff. Plus, don’t miss the MnDOT snow plow making special appearances in a number of the daily parades over the course of the fair. If biking and walking is more your style, MnDOT’s got you covered at the Kick Gas booth over in the Eco Experience Building. Visitors can get a preview and provide feedback for the draft 2013 state bicycle map and learn about other non-motorized transportation and transit options.
Metro Transit: Keep an eye out for Metro Transit pick-up and drop-off locations for an easy and affordable ride to the great Minnesota get-together. Once at the fair, attendees should make a stop at Metro Transit’s booth located at the Grandstand where they can find information about current and future projects. Also, Metro Transit will be collaborating with other organizations to create the Eco Experience. This is fairgoers one-stop-shop for information alternative transportation to single occupancy automobiles.
Higher Education: If visitors to the fair have questions about preparing and paying for college, this is the place to go. The Office of Higher Education will be giving out publications and handouts on a variety of college-related topics, and will be available to answer your questions. Most excitingly, there will be a daily drawing for a $200 MN College Savings Plan. Each day, a different featured guest will draw the winning name at 5pm. Try your luck at some smart savings for higher education!
Minnesota State Patrol: Monday August 27 is 8th annual Minnesota State Patrol Day at the Great Minnesota Get Together. Fairgoers get the chance to meet State Troopers, check out new and vintage squads, a helicopter plus see the K9 unit in action. Folks can also spin the MSP prize wheel to win some cool State Patrol prizes. The State Patrol is set up by Heritage Square. Come visit the Troopers from 8 to 4. See you at the fair.