This week kicked off the much anticipated Minnesota State Fair. Crowds flock to the fairgrounds, pay roughly $12 to 25 for parking, buy their entrance tickets, then eat and drink their way around the festivities for the entire day. The grounds are filled with livestock exhibitors competing for ribbons, carnival rides, games, promotional stands, live music and my absolute favorite – the CHS Miracle of Birth Center. The most talked about items though are the foods-on-a-stick. In fact, it’s such a big deal in Minnesota my daughter’s upcoming classroom theme is 1st Graders-on-a-Stick!
Apparently,there are over 60 varieties that span the sweet to salty gamut. Pork chops, fried candy bars, corn dogs, cotton candy, alligator, jalapeno peppers, cheese and the list goes on – and they’re all on a stick! Of course, you will still find handheld burgers, turkey legs and gyros.
Yesterday my husband came home early from work and said,”Get ready, we’re going to the State Fair for a little family fun! ” So off we went and it was hot, hot, hot (if you go, look for the many booths passing out free fans and bring your own water) but we still had a good time.
Here are some of the food and drink highlights of our day…
It was so hot, the moment we arrived we hit the Icee stand.
Across the way was the all-you-can-drink regular or chocolate milk for a dollar.
Big Fat Bacon. I didn’t try it, I never have, but my it’s my husband’s once-every-three-years treat.
This is what it looks like. Ugh. He did share with the kids.
Next up we shared a turkey leg then hit my favorite vendor, roasted corn – this is some of the best corn on the cob I’ve ever had.
While the kids and I nibbled on our corn, my husband and stepson went to visit the Deep Fried Cheese Curds stand – note the “Mouse Holes” for customer lines. I passed this year, but in previous years I’ve tried these greasy yet oh, so flavorful classic treats.
Somewhere in there we shared a small World’s Greatest French Fries, then crossed the street for some refreshing draft root beer.
And I spied this… Bacon Ice Cream! I didn’t tell my husband.
A short time later my husband and I discovered the indoor Beer Hall. For $8 we received a flight of four different craft brews. There were four options, I tried the Belgian Style. As I cruised around with my carrier of beers, I ended up giving directions to the many people asking, “Cool! Where did you get that?”
My stepson just had to try the deep fried Reeses Peanut Butter Cups at the Deep Fried Candy Bars stand. The report was that they were very, very rich. I can only imagine.
If you’ve been to the Minnesota State Fair or any other fair, do you have a favorite food or drink? Please share any recommendations!