Faribault County Fairgrounds – Campground Review
20 bucks for full-hookups in a convenient and tidy little park? Sign me up!
On my pilgrimage to Walnut Grove, Minnesota, I stopped in Blue Earth, MN for a night and stayed at the Faribault County Fairgrounds. While the camping portion of the fairgrounds is small, the hookups appeared new-ish and all three worked perfectly.
They do not take reservations; it is first-come-first-serve. And there is no office on site. You pay (by cash or check) via a “Pay Here” box at the entrance.
With Dairy Queen, Subway, and McDonalds nearly next door, it is not a remote campground, though it is quiet. But if you like to know that your coffee and ice cream are just a short walk away, well, then, stop on by. (Oh, and there’s a small Walmart just across the street. See, you’re hooked up here!)
As you might expect, there is no wi-fi, but Verizon coverage is strong. And quite a few local TV stations came in via antenna.
There is a porta potty behind the RV sites in the tent area, but, um, ick. However, just a short walk outside of the camping area, across from the fitness center, is a bathroom/shower house combo. (Better yet, you may prefer just to use your own powder room.)
If you have your bike, or even just your walking shoes, there is a bike/walking path around the park – a 3-mile loop. And if you follow that out of the park just a little way, you will come upon…wait for it…wait for it…the Jolly Green Giant. Yep. No lie. He’s there in all his 55.5 feet, 8-thousand-pound green glory.
The Green Giant has been hanging around here since 1978. He even has his own museum – The Giant Museum. Alas, I did not check it out, but it boasts the largest collection of Green Giant memorabilia, retro ads, a walk-through of the canning process, and more. I think touring that would require more of a commitment to peas and corn than I personally have, but it’s there if you’re interested.
But enough about vegetables; back to the RV sites….
The sand and gravel sites are level, providing 50 and 30 amp service. Oh, and you might see online that the first night is free, but as of October 2016, that is no longer true.
If you too have stayed at the Faribault County Fairgrounds, let me know what you thought! Please comment below!