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Transportation: Vehicle parking, loading & unloading and bus information

If you have any questions, please contact Amber Greeley (1-651-642-2356).

  • The daily parade is at 2 p.m.
  • Buses and vans are NOT permitted to park on Cosgrove Ave. (in front of the 4-H building).
  • Bus parking - Areas are provided at the North Fox Lot (Randall Ave.). See map.

Pre-state fair

Beginning Aug. 1, there will only be three available entrances onto the fairgrounds.

All vehicles entering the grounds from Aug. 1 until the Wednesday before the fair begins will be security screened. Parking in the lot north of the 4-H building and in front of the 4-H building on Cosgrove is appropriate ONLY until the Wednesday before the fair starts. DO NOT park in areas that are blocked off or say “No Parking” or you may be ticketed and/or towed.


Overnight Parking During The Fair

Overnight parking will be made available on a first-come-first-serve basis in the Continuing Education Conference Center lot on St. Paul Campus and also by the Water Tower Lot on St. Paul Campus during Livestock Encampment.  These are non-staffed lots.  The closest entrance onto the grounds from the lots is just to the East of the Continuing Education Conference Center lot or the West Dan Patch entrance. 

NOTE: Each county/tribal community is allowed only 2 overnight parking passes per encampment (i.e. 2 for Livestock 
Encampment, 2 for General Encampment and 2 for Lama Encampment).  The passes are $7/night.  Talk with your local 4-H Staff if overnight parking is needed. 

Handicap Accesible Parking

Handicap accessible parking is available in the following three places: 

  1. North of the Pet Center
  2. North of the West End Market
  3. South of the Como Avenue lot.

4-H Livestock Encampment

Refer to 4-H livestock encampment transportation

Lama encampment

No special arrangements are made for 4-H'ers arriving during lama encampment.

General Encampments

All 4-H GENERAL ENCAMPMENT BUSES AND VANS MUST USE THIS PROCEDURE AND THE BELOW MENTIONED GATES! All buses delivering 4-H'ers to General Encampments must use the Transit Way entrance off Como west of the livestock barns. We would recommend getting on the Transit Way off of Energy Park (stoplight approximately ½ mile east of Hwy 280). All vehicles will be security checked at the Transit Way entrance. These vehicles once entering the fairgrounds from the Transit Way will proceed east down Dan Patch and take a left onto Randall. You must stop and check in with a 4-H representative on a golf cart that will inform you when you can proceed to the 4-H building. When you proceed on Randall to the 4-H building, watch for 4-H representatives to help you turn onto Cosgrove and then into the alley on the north end of the 4-H Building. You will be stopped and then advised on where to park at that point. After dropping off or picking up your delegation, you will be given a police escort back out of the fairgrounds.

Delegations should be dropped off and enter the north entrance to the 4-H building. The window for entering the grounds from the Transit Way is 2:30-4 p.m. All counties will be expected to arrive at the 4-H building within this timeframe. 4-H vehicles should NOT plan to depart any earlier than 2:30 p.m. on the final day of
your encampment. Buses arriving must stay in the Fox Lot until they are directed to the 4-H building by the 4-H representative on a golf cart.

General encampment load-out

4-H'ers should bring luggage between 12:45 p.m. and 2 p.m. to the north end of the 4-H building. A designated spot will be assigned to your county or delegation outside of the north entrance. The lead chaperone will inform Sandy Ducharme, 4-H exhibits coordinator, when the delegation is all there and accounted for. Once everyone from that county is ready, we will call up the bus from the holding area.

Share the Fun, Rube Goldberg and County Arts-In Prop/Supply transportation

There will be a truck to help haul supplies for Share the Fun, Rube Goldberg and County Arts-In from the St. Paul Campus (the circle drive in front of the Continuing Education and Conference Center) to the 4-H Building. The truck will pick up on the St. Paul campus early morning and midday for the 4-H building, and depart midday and evening for the St Paul campus daily. If these times do not work for you, props and supplies must be carried to the 4-H building from parking lots or brought on the bus with the county delegation.

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