Minnesota State Fair

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pinchora pinchora
162 reviews
All things on a stick! Sep 02, 2009
Things I saw on a stick:

1.) Cheese on a Stick

2.) Hot dog on a Stick (really a corn dog)

3.) Licorice on a Stick (really chocolate covered licorice)

4.) S'More on a Stick

5.) Pinball on a stick (arcade room)

6.) Long Dog on a stick (large corn dog)

7.) Buffalo on a Stick (shish kabob)

8.) Chocolate covered watermelon on a stick

9.) Crocodile on a Stick

10.) Banquet on a stick)

11.) Deep fried fruit on a stick

12.) Pork Chop on a Stick

13.) Pie on a Stick

14.) Chocolate covered nut roll on a stick

15.) Ruler on a stick (yes the thing that measures)

16.)Jeremy on a Stick

17.) Mocha on a Stick (I think it's like a fudgecicle)

18.)Spaghetti and Meatball on a stick

19.) Pickle on a stick

20.)Walleye on a stick

21.) catfish on a stick

22.) Macaroni and cheese on a stick

23.) Falafel on a stick

24.) Belgian Waffle on a stick

25.)Grilled Shrimp on a Stick

26.) Pineapple, Banana, Strawberry dipped in chocolate on a stick

27.)Ticket on a Stick (Lottery scratch off ticket)

28.) Olive on a stick

29.) Beer on a Stick

30.)Dinosaur on a stick

31.) Salmon on a stick

32.) Deep fried Twinkie on a Stick

33.) Candy Bar on a stick (snickers, milky way and reeses cup)

34.) Egg roll on a stick

35.) Churro on a Stick

36.) Mosquito on a stick
Banquet on a stick
S-more on a stick
Jeremy on a Stick
Lottery ticket on a stick
alyssa_ob says:
Last year they had rocks on a stick! See my pic in the review below. But my favorite was the nut roll on a stick. Yum! I think you missed the steak dinner on a stick, whatever that is.
Posted on: Sep 03, 2009
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the_bill the_bill
30 reviews
The Great Minnesota Get-Together Aug 23, 2008
The Minnesota State Fair is one of the most popular state fairs in the country as it draws over 1.6 million people over 12 days almost every year. The fair runs from August 21 to September 1, Labor Day. Since 1949, the Minnesota State Fair has not received any public money and has paid for its own maintenance and up-keep. The state fair started the year Minnesota gained statehood, 1859, in the area that eventually grew into downtown Minneapolis. For several years, it was moved from city to city in the new state, but made its finally move to its current location. The grounds now cover an area of about 320 acres in the city of Saint Paul. Only five times has the fair not take place. In 1861 and 1862, it was canceled as a result of the Civil War and Dakota Indian Conflict. In 1893, the World Expo in Chicago trumped it. At the end of WW II in 1945, it was canceled due to low fuel supplies. The next year, 1946, the cancellation was due to an epidemic outbreak of polio.

One of the traditions at the fair is the dairy princess. The dairy princess, also known as Princess Kay of the Milky Way, is crowned at the beginning of the Minnesota State Fair and will serve as the official goodwill ambassador for Minnesota's nearly 5,000 dairy farmers. One of the first duties the dairy princess performs is sitting in a rotating refrigerated room and have her likeness carved into a 90 pound chunk of butter. All of the other 11 finalists also get to partake in this duty and also get their likeness carved in butter. Despite how silly it is, this exhibit is one of the fair’s annual must-see exhibits.

Another of the fair traditions is the food. Any food you can imagine on a stick. Each year there is something new, but there are also the old favorites like mini-donuts, cheese curds, Sweet Martha’s Cookies, pronto pups and much more.

Exhibits are another one of the fair’s big attractions, particularly the 4-H exhibits. All the winners from county fairs throughout the state of Minnesota come to the fair to display their animals, projects and work for all the visitors to see. Hundreds, maybe thousands, of commercial vendors also come to sell their products or at least plant the seed of a future sale.

Another part of the fair that used to be a huge attraction was machinery hill. Machinery hill was where farmers would come to see all the new tractors and implements, but as the fair has become more of a tourist attraction and less of an agricultural attraction it has lost out to commercialism and modern trends. These days machinery hill is mostly big overpriced lawn mowers, 4-wheelers, snow blowers, etc on display. Not too many combines or big tractors for kids to climb on anymore. :(


"Fair History." Minnesota State Fair. Minnesota State Fair. 25 Aug 2008 http://www.mnstatefair.org
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poorogies says:
makes me want to be a part of the 1.6 mil...nice work
Posted on: Oct 19, 2008
alyssa_ob says:
Bill, great review! You always do your research and provide so much information in your reviews. Good job! It makes the reviews more interesting!
Posted on: Aug 27, 2008
TYoungTX says:
After that description of Princess Kay and the butter, I was distressed to find no picture of the buttered up princess!
Posted on: Aug 26, 2008
alyssa_ob alyssa_ob
244 reviews
The Great Minnesota Get Together Aug 23, 2008
The Minnesota State Fair is a fun place to walk around and spend money on strange foods on a stick. The fairgrounds have a number of buildings showcasing 4H projects (those kids are amazing!), art, science and technology, dairy products and the different livestock. The dairy building has live butter carving and you can see all the butter busts in a rotating showcase.

They have all the usual fair foods - cheese curds, pronto pups (corn dogs), and mini donuts - as well as the unusual foods - deep fried candy bars on a stick, ostrich and alligator on a stick, corn on the cob, and pizza on a stick. It is a great place to eat delicious greasy, artery clogging food.

You can walk past old tractors, see a lumberjack show, sit on lawn mowers and in new cars, pick up free things (pens, bags, pamphlets, rulers), register to win things and look at the many tree carvings scattered throughout the fairgrounds. There are kiddie rides and a midway with larger carnival rides, a skyride and an adventure park featuring (more expensive) thrilling rides. Many smaller bandshells have free concerts all day and the main grandstand has a headline concert every night. All the local radio and tv stations broadcast live from the fair, too.

The State Fair is a fun place to spend a day and is family friendly. Weekends get pretty busy and plan on going earlier to have a better chance finding parking, or better yet, take the bus or shuttle. Be prepared for a lot of walking and overspending on food and drink. There is a lot to see and do and something for everyone.
view of cookie stand and skyride
tree carving
me and Jason on the skyscraper
mmmm....deep fried candy bars (and…
alyssa_ob says:
butter heads are coming. I was having problems with the internet (or lack of one).
Posted on: Aug 23, 2008
pinchora says:
where are the photo's of the butter heads?
Posted on: Aug 23, 2008

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