Join us at Wiser Living in 2016!

ONLY 3 SPOTS LEFT for the popular Wiser Living exhibit at the Minnesota State Fair! Get your message out to fairgoers. Check out our Exhibit Info below – and email your interest by May 30 to be considered for an exhibit location!Wiser Living 2016 Form - Page 1

Photos from MSF 2016



Front Porch 2015 Schedule for Wiser Living Announced!


Wiser Living is proud to showcase on our Front Porch performances from Minnesota’s finest, living life fully through the ages. We’re all growing older, but we can also grow wiser by staying active and involved in our communities and the arts. Partnering with TPT allows us to offer a full day of intergenerational programming for fair-goers!



(Each group will perform between 11am and 1pm and again from 3:30-5pm.)

Thursday, August 27: The Plymouth Rockers Senior Chorus –

Seasoned choral members performing from Plymouth MN.

Friday, August 28: KairosAlive! –

KAIROS alive! – Intergenerational dance and storytelling performances.

Saturday, August 29: LakeShore Players – 10 Minute Plays –

Ten Minute Plays performed by Lakeshore Players, featuring seasoned artists who play for the love of theater.

Sunday, August 30: ARTsage –

Arts and aging come together on-stage!

Monday, August 31: Alive and Kickin’ –

Rockin’ seniors ages 65-91 performing contemporary music and sharing personal stories.

Tuesday, September 1: SummerTime Barber Shop Quartet –

A cappella quartet performs new and traditional music, sung in traditional barbershop harmony.

Wednesday, September 2: The Pretty Good Players –

Performers 55 to 80+ using true stories, original skits, and humor to address getting older.

Thursday, September 3: – Florian Chmielewski and his FunTime Band –

At age 88, Florian is celebrating his 70th-year playing the accordion.

Saturday, September 5: LakeShore Players – 10 Minute Plays –

Ten Minute Plays performed by Lakeshore Players, featuring seasoned artists who play for the love of theater.

Busy Day at the State Fair Today – Complete with 10-Minute Plays!

Special thanks to Lakeshore Players Theatre for performing 10-Minute Plays today on our Front Porch! It's a busy day here at the fair and at Wiser Living. Hope you can join us!

TPT’s Next Avenue & Wilder at Wiser Living Today!

It's Senior Day here at the Minnesota State Fair, and our Front Porch will be busy with Twin Cities Public Television personalities and Wilder staff talking about what it means to be a caregiver. Are YOU a Caregiver? Stop by the 4-H building and Wiser Living Today!

Bloom at the MN State Fair!

Check out all the great new technology for aging in place! BeBloomin is one of the companies showcasing their smart solutions for aging well – check us out – on the front of the 4-H Building!

What is BeBloomin?

The Solution for Thriving in Place!

BeBloomin brings to the home and mobile devices an integrated set of personal, community and health services and technologies to continuously enhance the quality of life of seniors, aging baby boomers, and family caregivers. BeBloomin provides a wide range of easy-to-use computer-assisted capabilities for individuals and families to stay active in their communities, supportively connected with each other and with the organizations on which they rely.

TPT’s Next Avenue and Knute Nelson & GrandCare rock the Front Porch Stage!

So exciting to have Twin Cities Public Television's Next Avenue with us on Opening Day! Next Avenue is an innovative website to help all of us 50+ to live our best lives possible. And today, Knute Nelson partnered with Grand Care to lead a day of demonstrations and discussions on new opportunities for living independently at home made possible through advances in technology. What fun will tomorrow bring? 

Welcome to our 2014 Wiser Living Exhibitors!

The Wiser Living 2014 Exhibit has expanded! Come check out our NEW Idea House & Main Street concepts, showcasing over 28 companies that help seniors and their caregivers meet the challenges of aging, with greater ease, comfort and independence!


IDEA HOUSE (great ideas for adapting your home for ease)

THE NEW MAIN STREET (featuring the “new” services & products we need as we age) 

THE FRONT PORCH (0ur special stage designed to help you grow wiser through engaging presentations)

Wiser Living Exhibit Info Session at Mill City ICC 4/24



Join us on April 24 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. to learn more about the Wiser Living Exhibit at the Minnesota State Fair, and how you can use this venue to reach your customers in a fun, innovative and cost-effective way! Representatives from Older But Wiser Living and the Minnesota State Fair will be on-hand at the premiere Mill City Innovation and Collaboration Center to answer your questions about this great opportunity to showcase your product or service solution to older adults, caregivers, and other professionals in the aging industry. Click HERE for more information or to register.

Be part of the 2014 Wiser Living Exhibit

Be Part of Wiser Living at the Minnesota State Fair!


Wiser Living – 2014 Flyer

Wiser Living – 2014 Exhibit Concept Mock-Up

Wiser Living – April 24 Mill City ICC Event Flyer

WHO is Wiser Living?

Wiser Living is an award-winning exhibit presented by the Minnesota State Fair, in partnership with Aging Services of Minnesota and Older But Wiser Living. Together, we invite agencies and businesses to partner with us to showcase smart solutions for serving the growing needs of older adults and caregivers.

WHAT is Wiser Living?

Wiser Living is designed to help consumers, caregivers and the general public become “wiser” about the many products and services available in our communities to maximize independence and choice as we age. The exhibit also features a “Front Porch Stage” with daily speakers, demonstrations, entertainment and more to attract fairgoers and provide additional opportunities for public education. The Minnesota State Fair is a very effective way to reach thousands of potential customers in a short period of time, offering creative ideas and helpful resources to support our common journey of growing older and caring for others.

WHERE is Wiser Living?

Wiser Living is located on the outside of the 4-H Building on the fairgrounds. The exhibit will double in size for 2014! We also have an active website that accompanies the exhibit year-round (updated by July 1 for 2014 fair season.)

WHEN is Wiser Living?

Wiser Living at the Minnesota State Fair will take place August 21 – September 1 in 2014. The exhibit is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m each day.

WHY Wiser Living?

The “Baby Boom generation” has hit its peak.  More than ever, “boomers” feel the pinch of both aging themselves along with caring for aging parents. People age 65 and older will double in Minnesota over the next 15 years (660,000 today to 1.3 million by 2025). More people will want and need to “age in place,” often with chronic health conditions, and will benefit from getting wiser about solutions they can use to age well and more easily care for others at home.

Join us in 2014 and showcase YOUR great services and products to nearly 1.8 million fairgoers!

Let us know of your interest here. Additional information and registration materials will be emailed to you.   Have additional questions? Call or email Michelle Witte at 651-402-3184 or