So it’s fair season and this is one of my favorite things! I love it all and there is NO other fair I would rather go to than my beloved Minnesota State Fair. If you have never been, here are some of the unique things about my favorite fair:
- The Minnesota State Fair is the second largest State Fair in the country (the State Fair of Texas takes the #1 spot). That said, the Minnesota State Fair is the largest 12-day event in North America, attracting nearly 1.8 million visitors each year. (And really Texas is way bigger by area, so I think we should actually take that #1 spot from them?
- Nearly 200 baby animals are born at the CHS Miracle of Birth Center during the State Fair, including calves, lambs, piglets, ducks, chicks and bunnies.
- Legend has it corn dogs were invented at the Minnesota State Fair.
It’s a point of contention for many food vendors, but I for one choose to believe that the vendor Pronto Pup was responsible for the creation of the tasty treat on a stick back during the 1941 State Fair, as the company likes to claim. Of course if you want to talk semantics, you could argue that Pronto Pups and corn dogs are totally different creatures based on what’s used for breading. I for one don’t like to think that hard about my foods, and choose to simply accept the reality that Minnesota is the birthplace of the corn dog. Go us!
- The Minnesota State Fair reigns supreme with variety alone.
Absolutely everyone who’s ever set foot in the State Fair has taken advantage of the of the ah…ahem… fare of foods on a stick. From apples to Zinfandel winesicles and everything in between, the options are seemingly endless. Well, that’s not technically true. According to an fair representative, last year’s fair had about 70 different unique foods on a stick. That’s still pretty freaking impressive!
So with a couple fun facts under our belts, here is the Hubs and my picks for our favorite Fair moments!
Our first stop almost every year is the Pork Chop on A Stick booth – he gets pork, I get chicken…we both get sodium overloads…its wonderful!
Next, is usually Deep Fried Pickles (the Premium ones with cream cheese in the middle). Hey, you need a vegetable side with your meat, right!?
Then the rules are out the door and it is a free-for-all. Usually Cheese curds, Fried Jalapeno Cheddar on a Stick, last year I tried the Fried Olives on a Stick. It’s usually fried or on a stick and for some reason mostly cheese! The Hubs also has to stop and get his London Broil steak sandwich (topped with melted cheese of course!) But we do have some healthy options too…
Just kidding! Well not about the stand, it really does exist, we just haven’t ever eaten fried fruit. (Unless you count that olive then I guess I have, hah!) We have amazing roasted corn, all you can drink milk, and then there is this certain chocolate malt I have to get every year at Kiwanis Malt Shop.
We meet friends, hang on the patio, visit our favorite radio stations, go to concerts, drink some adult beverages..the Fair is AWESOME! And walk, there is a lot of walking! It’s actually more like hearded cattle but when you are in search of the next snack it’s less miserable than it sounds.
We have seen bands like:
Staind, 3 Doors Down, Hinder, Dixie Chicks with special guests Vintage Trouble and
Smooth Hound Smith , Goo Goo Dolls, Lifehouse, Colbie Caillat, Train with special guest Michael Franti & Spearhead… I mean the talent we get here is AMAZING! (And as you can see we like all sorts of music!)
This year we will see Toby Keith with 3 Doors Down…yay!
So, if you live in Minnesota, make sure you hit up the Fair! Let me know what your favorites are! Where do you have to go, what do you have to see, and most importantly what do you have to EAT?
If you don’t live in Minnesota, you can live vicariously through me and I will eat an extra cheese curd for you! *wink wink*
Stay tuned for the nest post…hopefully I will get some great fair experiences and pictures to show you all how much fun this year was.