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The Eco Experience at the 2014 Minnesota State Fair

August 21–September 1, 2014

Open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily; Located in the Progress Center on Randall Avenue.

The Eco Experience at the Minnesota State Fair is an indoor green space with lush rain gardens, an eco home, live entertainment, and cutting-edge displays on renewable energy, new fuels and vehicles, and organic farming. Perfect for do-it-yourselfers, techies, gardeners, and nature-lovers, the space features a children's area with fun for kids of all ages. The Eco Experience is presented by the Minnesota State Fair and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, helping Minnesotans protect the environment since 1967. Bring your family, bring a friend — get in on The Eco Experience!

The Eco Experience is located in the Progress Center building (J-9 on map) at the corner of Cooper Street and Randall Avenue on the State Fairgrounds. The 2014 Minnesota State Fair runs Thursday, August 21, through Labor Day, September 1, 2014. Park and ride information is available online at Visit for more information about The Eco Experience.

Become a Solar Area Partner

We invite solar advocates to partner with us in the Solar Area of The Eco Experience during the Minnesota State Fair. Please contact Laura at or 612-963-4757 for more information.

About Connect To The Sun

As part of The Eco Experience at the 2014 Minnesota State Fair, Connect To The Sun, the solar exhibit sponsored by the Minnesota Renewable Energy Society (MRES), walks visitors through the world of solar energy in simple terms with demonstrations of actual equipment. Guests can learn about using energy from the sun to power their home and pick up information about exciting, community-based energy projects. The MRES Connect To The Sun exhibit, developed in conjunction with the Science Museum of Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Commerce, highlights ways individuals can learn about and support solar energy in their lives.


Make waves with a solar powered boat that sailed in the Minnesota Renewable Energy Society's Solar Boat Regatta.


Find out about all of the new solar legislation that recently passed with new rebates, community solar and more!

Connect to the Sun inside and outside this year at The Eco Experience through Solar Area displays demonstrating full-scale home applications to simple hand-held devices. New to the area this year outside are eight solar panels on the Solar Power Trailer, full-size, working solar thermal panels that lets you wash your hands with hot water at the fair and a solar electric panel that is powering a water fountain. Come see a solar-powered boat and a solar car charging station for electric cars. Talk with one of our many volunteers about how you too can Connect to the Sun.

Volunteers Needed!

Solar enthusiasts needed! All solar enthusiasts — expert or novice — are invited to volunteer as Solar Area Educators with the Minnesota Renewable Energy Society (MRES) and the Connect To The Sun exhibit in The Eco Experience building at the Minnesota State Fair. We need volunteers (18+ years) to staff the Solar Area of The Eco Experience. Volunteers receive free State Fair admission, solar training, and an Eco Experience t-shirt.

Click here to Sign Up for your shift on the VolunteerSpot website


Required Volunteer Training

Make sure you sign up for your shift BEFORE coming to this training. Special areas are being assigned to volunteers this year. Food will be served!

When: Thursday August 7th, 2014

5:00pm - Ticket and T-Shirt Line starts
6:00pm - Training Starts
8:20pm - Finish

Where: Minnesota State Fair Grounds
Libby Conference Center
1311 Cosgrove St.
St. Paul, MN 55108