CFANS at the Minnesota State Fair

August 26 through September 6, 2021, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

Visit CFANS at the Minnesota State Fair in the Agriculture Horticulture Building! 

CFANS staff and faculty: Sign up to volunteer as a greeter in our CFANS display area! Shifts are three hours in duration and training is provided in advance. You receive a free admission ticket for the day and a CFANS T-shirt. 

Daily Exhibits (9 a.m.  9 p.m., Southwest wing of the Agriculture Horticulture building):

  • CFANS Climate Solutions: Adaptation in Action | Learn about a range of research and climate solutions underway at CFANS to prepare Minnesotans for a changing climate, and how you can contribute.
  • Master Gardeners | Get your gardening questions answered by representatives from the University's Master Gardener program. 
  • Turfgrass Science | Learn how to create a "smart lawn" to save water and attract pollinators with University turf experts.
  • Forever Green Initiative | Find out what new crops are on the horizon and those making a great debut from Forever Green researchers.

Pop-up Learning Schedule (dates/times vary; Southwest wing of the Agriculture Horticulture building)

  • Thursday, August 26 | 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Dietary Detectives- Discover the Science of Food | Visitors will learn about the three macronutrients in food and perform tests to identify mystery food ingredients.
  • Friday, August 27 | 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Dept. of Forest Resources | Learn knot-tying with an arborist, and play a match the leaves game, learning how to identify tree leaves! There will also be self-guided tree cookie puzzles where you can solve the puzzle and count the rings!
  • Monday, August 30 | 3 – 6 p.m. | Living Sustainably with Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering
  • Tuesday, August 31 | 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Plant Pathology: Which Plant Disease Are You? | This fun and interactive activity explains the habits of plant pathogens to a variety of audiences.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 1 | 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Bell Museum "I Spy" Challenge | Use a range of items, from natural history specimens to astronomy, for this "I Spy" challenge. Pick up a Bell Museum magnifying glass and a discount pass to visit the museum this fall!
  • Wednesday, Sept. 1 | 3 – 6 p.m. | Animal Science: Learn About Farm Animals | Spin the wheel! If you get a question right, you will win a prize. Experience seeing through an egg with our egg candlers. A cow stomach will also be on display.
  • Thursday, Sept. 2 | 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Bell Museum "I Spy" Challenge | Use a range of items, from natural history specimens to astronomy, for this "I Spy" challenge. Pick up a Bell Museum magnifying glass and a discount pass to visit the museum this fall!
  • Thursday, Sept. 2 | 3 – 6 p.m. | Plant Pathology: Which Plant Disease Are You? | This fun and interactive activity explains the habits of plant pathogens to a variety of audiences.
  • Friday, Sept. 3 | 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Entomology: Get Buggy! | CFANS student organization Frenatae will have live arthropod specimens to share and hold, pinned insect collections to look at, and a spin the wheel insect trivia game for kids.
  • Saturday, Sept. 4 | 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Entomology: Get Buggy! | CFANS student organization Frenatae will have live arthropod specimens to share and hold, pinned insect collections to look at, and a spin the wheel insect trivia game for kids.
  • Saturday, Sept. 4 | 3 – 6 p.m. | Living Sustainably with Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering
  • Sunday, Sept. 5 | 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Entomology: Get Buggy! | CFANS student organization Frenatae will have live arthropod specimens to share and hold, pinned insect collections to look at, and a spin the wheel insect trivia game for kids.
  • Monday, Sept. 6 | 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Dietary Detectives- Discover the Science of Food | Visitors will learn about the three macronutrients in food and perform tests to identify mystery food ingredients.

Questions? Contact Meredith Dwyer, mdwyer@umn.edu and Lori Fligge, lfligge@umn.edu.