Blue Flame Lodge


Come see us at the “Great Minnesota Get-Together!”

Location: Across the street from the Giant Slide and next door to the K102 booth.  Map

Air Conditioned and free ice cold drinking fountain in the Lodge!  Our Lodge is one of only a few air-conditioned buildings at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.

About the Blue Flame Lodge:  The Blue Flame Lodge at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds provides the Minnesota Blue Flame with an opportunity to showcase the latest in new natural gas technologies and to disseminate information to thousands of fairgoers from all over the state and beyond.

Educational displays and materials help to educate the public on the benefits and savings of natural gas and on new natural gas technologies such as natural gas vehicles, fireplaces, grills, furnaces and more. Safety and heating assistance information are also displayed in the Lodge.

History of the Blue Flame Lodge:  Built in 1968, the Blue Flame Lodge has displayed thousands of pieces of natural gas equipment and disseminated information to hundreds of thousands of fairgoers.  It also has won several awards from the State Fair Board for Best Exhibit. 

The Blue Flame Lodge has evolved and changed during the past decades to reflect the energy needs and issues facing area residents.  During the early years, it was a model house.  In the 1970’s, in response to the energy crisis, it emphasized conservation, while the next decade saw the focus turn to education, to telling the public about the advantages of natural gas appliances and high-tech equipment. In 1987, it got new signage and landscaping, and its heating and air-conditioning system was converted from propane to natural gas.

In the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, the Blue Flame House was remodeled and turned into the Lodge!  It has a warm Northwoods decor and invites fairgoers to come inside.  It also went high-tech, using interactive videos as educational tools and drawing some 50,000 visitors annually.

Visitor surveys have indicated that many fairgoers return year after year to see what’s new in natural gas.

In recent years, the Lodge has had exterior improvements done and a large tent goes up during the 12-day fair to display the latest in natural gas fireplaces.  DSL was added in 2012 to keep up with the ever-changing high-tech world.  In 2013, the Association created a large display to help increase awareness, interest and demand for natural gas vehicles (NGVs) in addition to the other displays in the Lodge.

Who can display at the Blue Flame Lodge? – In order to display at the Blue Flame Lodge you must be a member of the Association.  (For membership information, see the Membership dropdown in the menu.)

Criteria to display in the Blue Flame Lodge: 

1.)  You must be a member in good standing with the Minnesota Blue Flame Gas Association.

Interested in membership?  Click here.

2.)  Natural gas products only unless a companion item like a washer with a natural gas dryer.

Interested in Displaying in the Lodge?

To learn more and request a display packet, contact the Blue Flame at dswintek@blueflame.org

Blue Flame Lodge – 2015 MN State Fair

2017 Minnesota State Fair Dates & Information:

 Thursday, August 24 – Labor Day, September 4

To learn more about the Minnesota State Fair & parking, go to http://www.mnstatefair.org/