MDH at the Minnesota State Fair
Heading to the Great Minnesota Get-Together Aug. 22 through Sept. 2? Visit the Minnesota Department of Health booth daily between 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.!
You will find the MDH booth inside the Education Building, on Cosgrove Street near the intersection with Dan Patch Ave.
Healthy School Year
Healthy kids spend more time learning, get better grades, and are better prepared for the future. The MDH booth will help you help your kid -- and all kids -- get a healthy start this school year. Activities for kids (and adults!) include a Plinko-style game where healthy choices give you a better chance to do well in school, and an opportunity to pack up your backpack with the things you need for a healthy school year. The booth features information on back-to-school topics for preschoolers to high schoolers and a back-to-school checklist for parents and caregivers. We will focus on specific topics some days with extra activities, materials, and expert staff:
- Friday, Aug. 23 – E-cigarettes
- Monday, Aug. 26 – Oral health
- Thursday, Aug. 29 – Asthma
- Friday, Aug. 30 – Mental health and wellbeing
Fair Booth Resources
Quick cards for everything from asthma and bed bugs, to ticks and vital records deliver fast facts about what to do, what to know, and where to find more information about each topic. Get copies at the fair of topics that interest you, or visit the MDH Quick Cards webpage to download and print copies.
Resources for School Staff
All MDH Fair Locations
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 visitors 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. At 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, 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. New parts of the exhibit, developed with the Dunwoody College of Technology, explore the concepts of “tap water is a great deal” and 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, air-conditioned 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. For other private places to breastfeed or pump at the fair, see our lactation station map.
Mental Health Awareness
Monday, Aug. 26
Mental Health Awareness will be highlighted from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 26 from 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.