Best Award Winners


The Minnesota State Fair presented 13 awards to the very best of the State Fair's 1,200 commercial exhibits, concessions, attractions and food vendors in the Great Minnesota Get-Together's 2017 Best Awards.

The winners were announced in a special ceremony on Thursday, Aug. 31 at 10 a.m. on the International Bazaar Stage.

2017 Award Winners:

Air Maxx
American Craftsmen
Balloon Pop Water Race
Chan's Chicken on-a-Stick
Driven to Discover
Great Big Wheel
Katie's Sweet Tea
LuLu's Public House
MakeShift Accessories
Quesadilla Junction
Sota Clothing
Twin City Jacuzzi
Wacky Shack Kiddie Fun House

State Fair building superintendents and other State Fair organizers nominated exhibitors, vendors and concessionaires for the “2017 Best Awards.” A committee then reviewed nominations and selected 13 winners who exemplify the following characteristics:

  • Provide exceptional, efficient customer service and an outstanding experience for fair guests
  • Knowledgeable staff with positive attitudes who are courteous, thoughtful and professional
  • An amazing visual presentation and positive image
  • Present a premium quality product/service
  • Offer great value

2016 Award Winners:

Best Product or Service: Doghouses & Playhouses built by Hoffman Weber Construction
Best Food or Beverage: The Preferred Pickle
Best Attraction: Boy Scouts of America
Best Value: Patinella's Chicken Grill
Best Customer Service: HomeTown Mobility
Best Midway Ride: New York New York Fun House (Fair Ride Entertainment)
Best Midway Game: Fish-A-Rama (Oren Concessions)
Best Kidway Ride: Safari Train (Michael Wood, owner)

2015 Award Winners:

Best Product or Service: JM Cremp's Boys Adventure Store
Best Food or Beverage: San Felipe Tacos
Best Attraction: Bonanza Shooting Gallery
Best Value: Midway Men's Club
Best Customer Service: Corn Roast
Best Midway Ride: Rock It (State Fair Services)
Best Midway Game: Drag-A-Fish (Candice Anderson, owner)
Best Kidway Ride: Monkey Maze (Alamo Amusement)

About the Awards

For many years, the fair has recognized its most outstanding vendors. Previously called the Outstanding Exhibits and People's Choice Awards, the "Best Awards" honor the most exceptional vendors at the Minnesota State Fair.