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4 Ways the MN State Fair Influenced My Life by Kristen Wollin
The art building, henna tattoos, bonsai trees, Greek Gyros, Salsa dancers, African music... I credit the MN State Fair with introducing me to a multitude of new cultural experiences.
Take a 12-year old 4-Her from rural Minnesota, plop her down in 320 acres of city, give her a map and a 9pm curfew and see what happens!
The Drive to Learn and Create
Growing up, a trip to the State Fair was an honor granted to those 4-Hers who could demonstrate knowledge, skill and creativity in a certain area. Trips were coveted and there was only one way to earn a trip: hard work.
My First Job
I still can't believe that I got my "dream job" right out of college. Working at the MN State Fair allowed me to share my passion with others and I'll never forget the feeling of being a part of something so special.
momlady's gotta gets! by Kristi Hertz
YUM!! hit this stand right away in the a.m. near heritage square!!
iced tea, or coffee
Java Jive!!! right down from the Grandstand Ramp iced and 'fiened' the bigger the better.
bench, curb, lap...
anywhere to sit where people are walking by...never say you're resting...just people watching or waiting for the kids!
midway after dark
never during the day!!! not until the lights are on and only once around! so make it count!
Four amazing must-haves at the Fair! by Kristin
Cream cheese-filled deep fried pickles
Go for the "gourmet" or whatever they're called. They're deep-fried pickle chips filled with cream cheese. I don't even like dill pickles, and I can't get enough of these! Try them with a splash of hot sauce and dipped in the ranch dipping sauce.
Alligator bites with hush puppies and frozen grapes
The alligator bites from Bayou Bob's shack near the Grandstand are divine! Get them with a side of hush puppies and some icy frozen grapes, and you have a fantastic meal.
Caramel apple in a bowl with cinnamon ice cream
This is a fair favorite, and I always stop for a bowl before I leave for the day. There's nothing better than crunchy apples, sweet caramel sauce, and spicy cinnamon ice cream to end the day.
Find this gem in the International Bazaar. They have HUGE woks they cook the noodles in, and you get good-sized portions for a great price. The flavor is exquisite, and you even get some veggies in there, too. It's a perfect meal at the Fair and a great break from all the fried food.
Beyond Cheese Curds/Donuts/Cookies by Kristin Boldon
Pork Chop on a Stick
Great with Famous French Fries across the street.
Mocha on a Stick
Chocolate dipped for extra goodness.
Local, inexpensive, and healthful!
1919 Root Beer
The small $1 size is one of the great fair bargains.