We hope to see you at the 2021 MN State Fair!



There is much uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and if/how the 2021 State Fair may be affected. D2D will proceed with our typical planning process until we are told otherwise by either fair or University leadership. We remain hopeful for improvements to the public health over the course of the upcoming months. We will keep all projects informed as updates are communicated to us.


Please contact us with questions about the ins & outs of conducting research at the Minnesota State Fair:  d2d@umn.edu. 


The Driven to Discover Research Facility was launched in 2014 to bring University research and researchers into closer contact with the Minnesota community. Over two million people visit the fair each year from across the state making it a great place to connect with people and engage them in exciting, innovative projects from a wide variety of disciplines.

“It was absolutely beyond our wildest dreams. The entire project at the State Fair was a lot of fun and a huge success.”
– 2018 D2D investigator

D2D allows fairgoers to participate in research in a fun, innovative, and convenient way. Most studies take under 20 minutes.

Driven to Discover Research Building
D2D allows researchers to reach a more diverse pool of participants and meet recruitment goals in a matter of hours or days. Over 61,600 fairgoers visited D2D during the 2019 Fair. If you’re interested in conducting research at D2D in 2021, see the For Investigators page for details on applying.


To see how researchers and fairgoers have contributed in a variety of disciplines, review our current list of publications.

“We were able to collect data from a broad section of the State’s rural population which would have been difficult to do any other way.”   -2015 D2D investigator

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