It’s that time of the year again, planning a trip to the Minnesota State Fair, in St Paul, MN.
What better way to go to the “Great Minnesota Get Together” then by riding your bike. Riding from home or parking a few miles away and multi-modal commuting can take a lot of the hassle factor out of visiting the fair. It is also a great way to burn-off those extra calories from all of the fun things to eat on the stick. While visiting this years fair, here are several interesting bicycle related things we found that you may want to check out.
Your bike can be a hassle -free way to get to the Minnesota State Fair
It is probably the fastest and most inexpensive way to get to the fair, riding your bike. If you don’t live in the area, a multi modal commute is another fun option. Drive your car, with your bike(s) along and park it in one of the St Paul neighborhoods, close by. Then bike in on one of the city’s designated bike routes. Use this St Paul map along with Google Maps, to plan your route to get to the fair.
Riding your bike is probably the fastest way to get to the fair.
Planning on riding your bike to the fair? From On August 24th, through Labor Day, August 4, cyclists who commute by a pedal bike to the fair, from 6 a.m. to midnight, each day you will find three secure bike locations. They are located at:
South Bike Lot: Como-Snelling Gate (#6) A popular location, this bike corral has added 100 addition spot for daily bike paring here.
North Bike Lot: Hoyt-Snelling Gate (#2)
West Bike Lot: Randall Ave-Buford Gate (#16)
See more info here.
Another option is to take one of the free shuttle buses from a satellite parking lot.
Bike related things to do and see at the Minnesota State Fair
The lighted spurs clip to your shoes so you are more visible when riding your bike.
Now that you are there, walking around here are some ideas of what you might like to see. Need some lights to lite up your bike shoes for more visability at night; Maybe a new Minnesota Bike Map from MnDOT; or the latest on e-Fat Bikes? It all at the Minnesota State Fair.
Pick up one of the last few 2017 bike guides at the DNR Info Center.
For the newest gizmo in bike safety and awareness, check out the clip on safety lights for your shoes while biking, See them in a booth under the Grand Stand. Need a new Minnesota Bike Map? You will find a paper copy, free of charge, right below the big bike hanging from the ceiling in the Eco Building. Want to learn more about e-fat bikes. See a full line up of fat bikes with electric assist capabilities from Team Fat Bike. You can also fin the latest copy of the Minnesota Bike Guide and AAA Roadside Service maps at the DNR Building.
In the Creative Activities Building we found this clock. Congratulation Brad Kacter, from Shoreview, MN.
In the Ag-Horticulture Building we found this grain art piece. Congratulation Darlene Thorud, of Bloomington, MN.
Interested in fat biking?
A few of Team Fat Bikes models at the Minnesota State Fair
Located in the Ramberg Senior Center, (up from the Haunted House on Underwood Street and across from the Ag Building) you will find out what Team Fat Bike is all about. Visit there brightly colored e-bike assisted models on display at the fair. From folding bikes, beach cruisers, mountain extreme bikes, classic step-threw and more you will see. All secure with the grip of fat tires. Their bikes are equipped with front and rear disk brakes, LED lights and lithium batteries connected to a e-assist motor. Check them out, they may be a little easier to pedal and more fun!
Each day at 2 p.m. on Cosgrove Street you can watch the Minnesota State Fair Parade. If you are lucky you might see the Twin Cities Unicyclists Club preforming. These single wheeled bicyclists always do some fun tricks as they pedal along the parade route. Besides the cyclists, you will see many different floats and marching bands. As the parade ends near the Eco Progress Center you can check out the “Life on a Bike Simulator” that’s right inside.
World’s biggest bike and activities within the Eco Progress Center
CHECK THE LATEST IN ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY EXHIBITS IN THE ECO PROGRESS CENTER.
Also, within the Eco Building check out the coalition of state agencies and private organizations whose goal is to get more people on bikes more often in Minnesota. Also check out the new Kick Gas exhibit with the “World’s Biggest Bike” hanging from the ceiling. You can hop onto a regular bike on the ground below, pedal and watch the gigantic 8-foot bike wheels turn above you. Also learn what you can do with all the extra t-shirts you have been accumulating and make grocery bags out of them. See more on the Eco buildings schedule and opportunities here. While there enjoy a sample of the latest coffee or tea at the Peace Coffee station.
Like action biking stunts?
Up in the X-Zone, on Machinery Hill; watch some The Ride Factory preform some high-rising stunts right in front of you on the amazing exhibition course there.
Watch the Ride Factory preform some high-rising stunts right in front of you.
Fun foods at the Minnesota State Fair to try
A favorite MN Fair food, the Tipsy Pie made with caramelized onions, gouda cheese and infused with brown ale.
Every year there are many fun and wacky foods entrees to try at the fair. This year is no exception looking at this list. Item that caught my attention that I might have to taste included: the Bacon Fluffernutter (say that ten times), the tripple truffel trooter, Memphis Tochos and a cup of maple cream nitro cold press coffee for starters.
New Minnesota State Fair App
Download the Minnesota State Fair App. It’s absolutely free and features their famous Food Finder, Fun Finder and Merch Search tools to help you find your favorites at The Great Minnesota Get-Together. Available now absolutely free at the Apple App Store or Google Play store.
Hope this helps you for next visit to the Minnesota State Fair. If we missed something you may have discovered? Please let us know, we would like to add it to this preview article. Please leave a comment below.
Thanks and Have Fun!