The Fair on 4: A new carnival-style entertainment center at the MOA


Fair on 4 is a carnival-style MOA experience with strong notes of the Great Minnesota Get-Together

Photo by Natalie Ryder

The small town fair of checkered patterns, frying, karting, and gaming meet the urban world of Mall of America, all inside the imaginative new entertainment and dining hub called Fair on 4.

The Fair on 4 is located in the east wing on the fourth floor of the mall. The new spot was originally scheduled to open in November, but COVID-19 restrictions pushed it back until mid-March.

Jeff Brown, managing partner of the Fair in 4, said he wanted to create this space for people to have a good time. together again, after all the challenges that 2020 has brought.

Try your hand at ax throwing, literally or virtually
Try your hand at ax throwing, literally or virtually

Photo by Natalie Ryder

Despite reopening under current 50% capacity guidelines, the Fair of 4 is spacious and includes seating around the kart track, an ax throwing area and two bar areas. The entrance walls and ‘The Lodge’ lounge area are lined with new fair games like skee ball, basketball toss, claw machines and more to bring out your inner child.

Even with 50% capacity limits, Fair on 4 offers space to have a good time
Even with 50% capacity limits, Fair on 4 offers space to have a good time

Photo by Natalie Ryder

What better way to bring people together than an incredible menu of fair trade meals? Not only can you feast on fried cheese curds, corn dogs, burgers and pizza, but you can also revel in knowing that the ingredients come from the Food Building in northwest Minneapolis. The Food Building connects local farmers, producers and suppliers to businesses.

Tastes of nostalgia at the fair at Fair on 4: fried sunnies and
Nostalgic tastes at the fair at Fair on 4: fried sunnies and “Mill City curd”

Photo by Natalie Ryder

The “Mill City Curd” and “Bucket O’sunnies” Fried Pumpkins come with two of the many house sauces. The chili aioli enhanced the flavors of the savory, crispy sunfish breadcrumbs, while the cool and hot marinara added to the lightly fried curd. Do I have to say more?

Brown and his business partner own an ax throwing, mini-golf and catering location, Victoria Burrow, in Victoria, Minnesota. While I didn’t try my hand at ax throwing at the Fair on the 4th, there are a few different selections of virtual throwing stations besides the traditional ones with an ax and target.

The karts are electric and surprisingly quiet at Fair on 4
The karts are electric and surprisingly quiet at Fair on 4

Photo by Natalie Ryder

Another element of the Fair on 4 is the two-level kart track. The karts are electric and not as loud as you might think. The team explains the safety procedures to you and explains how to properly drive the cars. Karts are properly cleaned between races for up to six people.

One pro tip I got from Brown is to squeeze the brake when you come into a corner, spin the wheel as far as you can, release the brake, and slow down the gas to get you into the curve. . From experience this is much easier said than done as Brown has passed me once or twice.

The fair in 4 currently operates on a walk-in basis only for restaurant, ax throwing and go-karting. Make sure to check it out, as there is something for all ages, from carnival games to specialty cocktails.


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