Known for the slogan "The Great Minnesota Get Together", the fair was first held in 1859 after Minnesota was granted statehood.
The state fairgrounds is located in the city of Falcon Heights, Minnesota, midway between the state's capital city of St. Paul and the city of Roseville, near the Como Park and Saint Anthony Park neighborhoods of Saint Paul.
The annual Minnesota State Fair is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the region and attracts more than 2 million guests annually. This end-of-summer tradition is always held the 12 days leading up to and through Labor Day. The 2020 Minnesota State Fair runs Aug. 27 – Sept. 7.
The University of Minnesota - St. Paul Campus is the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources Sciences (CFANS) where it focuses on disease-resistant crops, products that protect our health, lakes free from invasive species, and more.
The Minnesota State Horticultural Society (MSHS), is located in Roseville, Minnesota, and just seven minutes the from city hall. The MSHS is a nonprofit organization with a mission of "Growing northern gardeners through education, encouragement and community since 1866."
The organization is known for their "Garden-in-a-box" program that provides raised bed garden boxes Minnesotans.
The Bell Museum, formerly known as the "James Ford Bell Museum of Natural History," is located at the University of Minnesota St. Paul campus. The museum is famous for its wildlife dioramas, numerous animal specimens from all over the world, and the 120-seat digital Whitney and Elizabeth MacMillan Planetarium theater are highlighted features of the new facility.