Minnesota Countdown

The big summer countdown in Minnesota started! We are only 9 days away from the first day of the State Fair. I’ve already been to the website to check out all the new foods that will be available. There wasn’t a lot of foods that I considered “new” because they’re Asian themed and I have that all the time. No need to worry, being a foodie I already have my annual list.

My number one item is to head over to the horse area so that I can get my giant scotch egg on a stick. I’ve tried them at other pubs and they’re never as big and they don’t taste as good as the ones at the State Fair. After something salty comes something sweet and I might make my way over to the other side for some funnel cakes.

The second thing I get is also a tradition. I get my foot long corn dog but now I share with my husband so that I can fill up on once-a-year Minnesota Goodness. A regular size isn’t for sharing and why not go big. As I make another circle, usually pass the chocolate covered bacon. I’ve tried it once and it was like the chocolate covered potato chips that I do like.

One thing you need to know is that you can get everything bacon in Minnesota. In our State themed shops I’ve seen everything from stickers, bandages, to small figures that fit on your dashboard. It’s probably the reason there was such a buzz around this stand when it first arrived. That and you can get everything on a stick at our fair.

Good thing there’s art buildings, agriculture buildings where you can see the largest pumpkins and vegetables. There’s ribbons everywhere for the best of everything spread out through several buildings around the main entrance. Receiving an award at our fair is also an honor. There’s even a butter statue contest. Not to mention the largest pig. Just don’t mention the bacon.

If I’m still hungry from all the walking around and visiting the bizarre areas for different cultures and local artisans, then I’ll wait in line for some shrimp on a stick. I also end up going with my husband to the bizarre area for his roasted and sweet nut mix.

Then, it’s time for a skybox ride to the other end of the fair to walk around in the Grand Stand building. Concert goers are waiting for the gates to open and sometimes we can hear the musicians. My husband plays the gold game for a prize and we look at all the gadgets that are new this year. There are people who wait every year for the sham guys. No this isn’t a bad comedy. They’re the guys with the super absorbent micro fiber towels. I don’t know why this is a thing but it is with many people who wait to buy them every year.

We watch a few demos together and visit booth after booth. There’s more walking and more foodie finds along the way. We play some games at the midway and watch people pass by with stuff animals bigger than me. All I can thing is how would I get that home?

Our final stops before we leave are – you guessed it! More food. We wait if we want Martha’s Cookies because we don’t want to carry the bucket around all day. Once we have a couple the bucket gets closed for the ride home. The traffic jam to and from the fair is never fun but it’s the you pay every year for admission.

Writing this my mouth is watering with memories of past food stops. Only a few more days to go to fill my cravings.

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~Yoon Ju

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I’m an author in Minnesota who started out writing and illustrating Children’s books. I’ve published poetry and adult Romance Novels. I created my website and social media to reach out to other writers because the process can be lonely. I wanted to reach out to readers, writers, and those with a dream of finishing “that” novel. I share the advice of other writers and the tools I use to create my stories.

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