It's the most wonderful time of the year, State Fair time! For the 12 days before Labor Day, the State Fair grounds in Falcon Heights are alive with action and excitement.

One of my favorite things at the fair is the huge pond stocked with fish by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Each year the pond is stocked with about 40 different fish species that call Minnesota home:

Fun facts about the aquarium:

  • 10,000 gallons
  • 70°F water temperature (changes throughout the year)
  • Fish are fed earthworms, frozen lake smelt, pellet food, homemade fish gel
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The pond is always a popular spot, with DNR officers nearby to give presentations and answer any questions that fairgoers might have. It is the perfect place on the fairgrounds to take a brain break and chill out while you learn more about Minnesota's fish.

Can't make it to the fair? The Minnesota DNR does a live feed of the fish tank every year on YouTube. This year's live stream kicked off on Tuesday, August 24th, with the fish being added to the pond around 10 am on Wednesday the 25th.

The live stream will run through the entirety of the fair this year, and if you need a moment (or a few moments) of zen, I highly recommend checking it out. The link to the live stream is below. Happy State Fair!

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