DNR at the State Fair

kids having fun at state fair exhibits

2019 State Fair Recap

fish pond

Smokey Bear 75th birthday celebration

We celebrated Smokey Bear's 75th birthday on Friday, Aug. 23 at the DNR stage. This included a happy birthday sing-along and a free giveaway for kids.

fish pond

Fish pond and FishCam

We provided a live underwater video feed from our fish pond. It showed over 40 species of native fish in our giant pond. All fish can be found in Minnesota’s public waters.

minnesota legacy exhibit

Legacy Amendment exhibit

This exhibit showed Legacy-funded parks and trails projects throughout the state. The exhibit featured an Instagrammable 17-foot waterfall, a Legacy investments voting game and more.

2019 theme was public lands

You got to learn all about your public lands - state parks, state forests and more. Plus, we had interactive nature and outdoor exhibits, live animals and a variety of music and entertainment – all free!

Here are some of the fun things to do at the State Fair DNR Park:

  • take your photo in a giant hiking boot
  • fight off invasive species on a big touch screen
  • buy a hunting or fishing license
  • visit a camper cabin
  • climb a fire tower
  • visit an outdoor fish pond
  • buy moose stuff
  • ask DNR staff questions
  • learn about outdoor recreation opportunities
  • watch a bird show or nature presentation