Minnesota State Fair

by john on August 30, 2003

Somehow what with vacation and work schedules I find myself not attending the Minnesota State Fair for the first time in many, many years. Most likely the last time was 1976, when I was living in another country and had little access to anything American, much less Minnesotan.

So this year I’ll have to live vicariously through others, such as Scott McGerik:

We started our day off by having a tasty chorizo sausage breakfast burrito and coffee at the Tejas food stand in The Garden. We followed that with a deep-fried Oreo cookie from the Deep Fried Candy Bar people. Immediately after that, we had a deep-fried Twinkie. Both Kat and I greatly enjoyed the deep-fried Oreo cookie. The deep-fried Twinkie tasted better than a regular Twinkie, but I won’t buy it again. In addition, we had deep-fried cheese curds, frozen Key Lime Pie on a stick, a Poncho Dog, walleye cakes, and another elk burger. The Key Lime pie on a stick was a disappointment as it came prepackaged from a firm in Tennessee. I don’t care for Key Lime pie to begin with, so I knew I would not care for it. Kat, however, does like Key Lime pie, but even she expressed disappointment with it. We bought the walleye cakes and elk burger from Giggles Campfire Grill. The walleye cakes were good and somewhat like crab cakes, but I prefer my walleye as a fillet. The elk burger was enjoyable and considerably better than the disappointing elk burger served at the Buffalo Burger stand in Heritage Square. It certainly tasted good with a glass of cold Summit Extra Pale Ale.

Now that’s what the Fair is all about!


Neil T. August 31, 2003 at 2:45 pm

My auntie and uncle were over in that part of the world last week and visited the fair – apparently it was quite good. As it is they’re back in Britain now.

Becky December 18, 2003 at 12:54 pm

Yes, indeedy, the Minnesota State Fair is quite possibly the finest celebration of the summer in the entire United States. I’ve lived in NYC since 1999 and I haven’t managed to make it back for the fair since I moved. I think 2004 is going to be the year. There’s only so long you can go without cheese on a stick, Sweet Martha’s cookies, The Big Slide, all while surrounded by a sweet sweet chorus of “oh yahhs.” Do I miss Minnesota? Youbetcha.

Anne Wareham May 5, 2004 at 2:21 pm

Is there anywhere I can find out about really way back State Fairs? I sat for a portrait that was displayed at the Minn. state fair way back probably 1950, 51 0r 52. The artist was Phyllis Evans from St. Paul. We live across the street at 590 Eustis Ave. Thanks if you can help

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