MDH at the Minnesota State Fair
Heading to the Great Minnesota Get-Together this year? Put the Minnesota
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Where will I find the MDH booth?
The MDH booth is located inside of the Education Building, near the cross of Cosgrove Street and Dan Patch Ave.
When can I visit the MDH booth?
You can stop by the MDH booth any day of the fair – August 23 through September 3 – from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
What will I learn?
This year's MDH booth spotlights how vaccines can protect you and your community.
A series of interactive games and displays illustrates how when we vaccinate ourselves and our families, we protect the entire community, especially people who can’t get vaccinated. This could be people who are too young to be vaccinated or people with weak immune systems from being sick or getting medical treatment like chemotherapy.
Other MDH Programs at the Fair
Antibiotic Stewardship Collaborative
The Minnesota One Health Antibiotic Stewardship Collaborative is hosting a booth in the Eco Experience building. Experts in medicine, animal health, public health and environmental health will be on hand to answer questions about antibiotic use, antibiotic resistance and environmental impacts of antibiotics. Widespread use of antibiotics for humans and animals drives the problem of antibiotic resistance, and some methods of disposal can lead to contamination of Minnesota’s lakes and streams.
Fair attendees will have the chance to sign an antibiotic stewardship pledge, take a crack at the question of the day and get a “Superheroes Fight Superbugs” temporary tattoo. On Thursday, August 30 at 5 p.m. on the Sustainability Stage in the Eco Experience building, an expert panel of physicians, veterinarians and scientists will discuss how antibiotic resistance has impacted their jobs and will answer questions from the audience. Also, the top three videos from the Lights, Camera, Action for Antibiotics Video Contest for Minnesota high schools will be shown at this time.
MDH’s environmental health program is sponsoring a drinking water exhibit in the Eco Experience building. The exhibit teaches visitors about Minnesota’s drinking water, encourages them to explore where our water comes from and understand the importance of keeping it clean. A new part of the exhibit, developed with the Dunwoody College of Technology, offers a “Window into your Groundwater” and helps visitors answer the question, “What Do You Know about H2O?”
Located near this exhibit in the Eco Experience building, the highly popular Water Bar gives fairgoers a chance to sample drinking water from around Minnesota.
Located on Underwood Street between Wright and Randall avenues, the Lactation Station gives moms a quiet, cool place to breastfeed or pump breastmilk. While women in Minnesota can breastfeed anywhere they are legally allowed to be, including the fair, the myTalk 107.1 Lactation Station, sponsored by the Minnesota WIC Program, offers moms and babies a private place to feed or pump and pick up information about WIC services.
Mental Health Day
Monday, Aug. 27For the first time, the Minnesota State Fair will have a dedicated day to focus on mental health. Mental Health Awareness Day will be Aug. 27 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Dan Patch Park located next to the Grandstand. Visitors can explore mental health and wellness resources through inspiring stage performances, music, demonstrations, yoga, information and more, including activities for children and teens. More than 40 organizations will participate in the day’s activities. MDH’s booth will encourage visitors to discover and share how communities can play a positive role in shaping mental health.