As mentioned in a previous post, I had plans to go to the Minnesota State Fair, as I do every year. Most years, I either go on the weekend or after work during the week which is when it is packed with people. This year, I took the opportunity to only work a half day and then go to the State Fair for the remainder of the day. I went with a friend, whose husband is from Costa Rica and has never been to the State Fair before. Since he’d never been there before, we attempted to cover as much as possible. We were there for 8 hours and still weren’t able to get to everything that we wanted to. We did try some new food and of course, had some of my favorite, staple food that I have every year.
Things to Do
- Check out the Fine Arts building for some beautiful pieces of art. It ranges from watercolors to photography to blown glass and everything in between. My favorite was this picture of a tiger made out of repurposes magazines.
- Check out the animal barns! If you don’t do this already, you should. It’s great to see all of the different animals and hear about how they interact with the environment.
- Along with this, go to the Coliseum and watch one of the shows. We were there just in time to watch the first 30 minutes of a horse performance show.
- See all of the baby animals at the Miracle of Birth Center. Baby animals. Enough said.
- Ride the Largest Traveling Ferris Wheel. I didn’t get a chance to ride it, but I heard it offers amazing views. Supposedly, it is planned to become a staple at the MN State Fair so we should see it again next year!
- Slide down the Big Slide. Another one I missed this year, but I’m still putting it on here for you to try!
- Walk through the International Bazaar. I love this place! It has so many different shops in there and has a lot of cultures. When we first walked in, there was an American Indian dance on the main stage. The further I walked in, I then saw a Hip Hop dance off. Of course, you can’t go wrong with all of the shops that offer different items.
Food to Try
Duck Bacon Wontons: Giggles’ Campfire Grill had this new fried food at this year’s fair. They’re wontons filled with duck bacon, grilled sweet corn and cream cheese served with a dipping sauce. And they are delicious! I hope they serve them again next year.
Lefse: There are several places at the State Fair to purchase lefse, but I got mine at Jacobs Lefse. I used to make lefse as a kid with my grandma. Although this one wasn’t as good as my grandma’s recipe, it was still good and it brought a nostalgic feeling. I have some great memories of making lefse with my grandma and eating the lefse brought them back to me.
Pronto Pup: Gotta have a pronto pup every year! They are one of my staples at the MN State Fair. Very similar to corn dogs, but the breading is made with flour or pancake batter instead of cornmeal.They have several stands throughout the fair so you can easily get one whenever you’re ready!
Pickle Dog: Another staple that I must have every year! It’s a pickle wrapped in pastrami that has cream cheese spread on it. So delicious!
Red Velvet Funnel Cake: Fried chocolate batter with cream cheese frosting and a sprinkling of powdered sugar. No other description needed. Yum!
Caramel Malt: Not pictured since my phone had died at this point. Every year, I must go to the Dairy Barn to get a malt or sundae. This year, I went with a plain caramel malt. I love everything caramel so of course, I didn’t go wrong here.
Cajun Cheese Curds: Not pictured since my phone had died at this point. At the Dairy Barn this year, I also purchased some fresh Cajun spiced cheese curds. The last few times I’ve had fresh cheese curds, they weren’t “squeaky”. The Dairy Barn did not disappoint me. Not only were they delicious, they also had the “squeakiness” that fresh cheese curds must have.