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Four amazing must-haves at the Fair! by Kristin

Category: Food

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Island noodles
    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.

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momlady's gotta gets! by Kristi Hertz

Category: Miscellaneous

  1. cream puff
    YUM!! hit this stand right away in the a.m. near heritage square!!
  2. iced tea, or coffee
    Java Jive!!! right down from the Grandstand Ramp iced and 'fiened' the bigger the better.
  3. bench, curb, lap...
    anywhere to sit where people are walking by...never say you're resting...just people watching or waiting for the kids!
  4. midway after dark
    never during the day!!! not until the lights are on and only once around! so make it count!

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4 Ways the MN State Fair Influenced My Life by Kristen Wollin

Category: Miscellaneous

  1. Cultural Exposure
    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.
  2. Navigation Skills
    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!
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

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Kate's Free Entertainment Picks by KJones

Category: Favorite Places

  1. Grandstand Music
    If you sit around in Carousel Park you can hear the show really well - and for FREE! I've heard a ton of bands this way..
  2. People Watching
    This will help you enjoy the wide variety of people/hairstyles/fashion choices that the Fair has to offer. Some are a quite 'different' than you might expect. :)
  3. Daily Parade - 2 p.m.
    The daily parade is a good chance to sit down and relax for a few minutes. Everyone crowds around the parade route, so if you want a curb spot - get there a few minutes early!
  4. Northwoods Lumberjack Show
    This show is nearly the same every year, but for some reason I still love to watch. The competition is fun, and sometimes the guys aren't bad to look at either. ;)

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