Read & Ride Day

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Library @ the Fair

What is Read & Ride day?

MELSA and metro public libraries take over Dan Patch Park on the Wednesday of the Minnesota State Fair every year. We bring fun games, crafts, reading, entertainment & more to your experience at the fair.

Public library cardholders receive the following discounted admission ticket price when they purchase a ticket at the gate and present a valid library card.
(One discount per card.)

  • $13 for adults (13-64)
  • $10 for seniors (65+)
  • $10 for kids (5-12)

Map of the Fair Grounds

What has Read & Ride Day included in the past?

Here is what we did at the fair in 2019:

In the park

Read, Tap & Walk:
ONE DAY IN THE EUCALYPTUS, EUCALYPTUS TREE
Walk, tap (with rhythm sticks) and read through the park while you enjoy the fun and beat of ONE DAY IN THE EUCALYPTUS, EUCALYPTUS TREE a picture book by MN author Daniel Bernstrom filled with fun and adventure.

THE HELGA HUFFLEPUFF CUP WIZARDING TOURNAMENT
Three games designed to test your skills and provide you with the opportunity to win the Helga Hufflepuff Cup.

JUMBO GAMES TENT
Favorite games on an oversized scale must mean oversized fun! Some even have a special library twist in honor of Read & Ride Day.

THE BIG TOP
The largest tent in Dan Patch Park on Read & Ride Day host games, crafts and library info to round out your day at the Fair. Try out the DIY State Fair Buttons, the Glitter Lab, or design a custom I Love the Fair jigsaw puzzle. Spin the Fair Fare Trivia Wheel to test your Fair food pricing knowledge. Pair your game time with some info about statewide library services from Minitex and you public library. It’s a little bit of everything under the Big Top.

On the Stage

Our acts hit the stage at 10 am and keep on going until the Public Library crew packs up the State Fair fun at 5 pm.

10:00 am
HEART AND SOUL DRUM ACADEMY
Catch the beat of these young drummers. The steady bass beat, ranges of tone, and rhythmic accents slap together for a syncopated rhythm of harmonies. Find out more at heartandsoulmn.com.

11:00 am
AFOUTAYI
Youth performers celebrate traditional Haitian culture through dance, percussion, song, and storytelling. Find out more at afoutayidmaco.com.

12:00 pm
THEATER OF PUBLIC POLICY
Bring your lunch and share some laughs with the Theater of Public Policy. T2P2 advances the understanding of complex ideas and issues by drawing on improvisational comedy. Find out more at t2p2.net.

1:00 pm
SIAMA’S CONGO MUSIC
Immerse yourself in African folk music with this amazing trio led by soukous legend Siama Matuzungidi. Find out more at siamamusic.com.

2:00 pm
HENRY SIBLEY HIGH SCHOOL ALMAS DANCE TROUPE
ALMAS (Anglos Latinos Motivated to Succeed), from Henry Sibley High School, share much with their community including Mexican culture through folklore, dancing, and music.

3:00 pm
KALPULLI KETZAL COATLICUE
Driving rhythms and dazzling costumes highlight the tradition of Aztec dance with music from the sacred drum, conch shells, seeds and other instruments gifted by the natural environment. Find out more at compas.org/artists/kalpulli-ketzal-coatlicue.

4:00 pm
DUE NORTH
This Twin Cities a cappella group brings a refreshing taste of music you know and love, while adding new songs to file away in your personal playlist.  Find out more at duenorthvocalband.com.

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