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Parents Helping Parents: The State Fair

It’s almost here – the great Minnesota Get Together runs from August 22 through September 2, Labor Day. For many, this means cheese curds, lemonade and anything you could imagine on a stick while dealing with the lines for a look at the newborn puppies. But for the parent of a medically-complex child, getting ready for and attending the fair can be a much bigger job. So to help those getting ready to hit the streets of St. Paul with a child who may be in a wheelchair or have other medical needs, we reached out to the best resources we know – other parents – in our new blog feature Parents Helping Parents.

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Additional resources to help make your day a success:

– Find accessibility information for rentals and reservations as well as ASL interpreter schedules
– ID bracelets are available at the Care & Assistance Center, guest services office in the Visitors Plaza, and all information booths. These bracelets include your child’s name, pertinent medical information and your contact info for the day.
– Download a Minnesota State Fair map to have an easy guide to the closest restrooms, first aid stations, wheelchair accessible parking, and more.


Do you have any additional tips for parents planning to attend the fair with their medically-complex child? Are there any topics you’d like to get input from other mothers and fathers on in an upcoming Parents Helping Parents? Leave them in the comments here! 

Originally published: August 20, 2013

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