Minnesota State Fair 2007

It’s that time of year again, folks! Last week I ventured out to the Fair with my dear friend Sam to brave the heat, animals, and deeply fried foods. It was, as usual, amazing.

There were, of course, the usual food stands. You had your fried cheese curds, your mini donuts, your “hotdish on a stick”, your Pronto Pups, and your Scottish Eggs and Meatballs (Actually, I’ve never been too sure about what those are, but rest assured Scottish Eggs and Meatballs were represented at the 2007 Fair.). All the old favorites were there, but there were two new stand-out foods at the Fair this year, neither of which I tried, because…..ew.

The less said about the new Spam booth the better. I mean, honestly.

State Fair 1

There are so many things to love about the concept of “Fresh Fried Fruit on a Stick”. First of all, could this booth be more spangley? I mean, could Fried Fresh Fruit be any more totally outrageous and radically awesome? Look at all those blinking lights! Look at that impossibly bodacious signage! Secondly, why the f**k would you want to deep fry FRUIT! And doesn’t the act of deep frying fruit somehow make it less “fresh”. I think it does, people.

State Fair 2

As for oddities, it was a relatively slow year. I mostly ate and tried not to die of heat stroke, but I did manage to catch one new, totally bizarre Fair product.

Meet the “Make Your Own Hands” booth. Yikes! I guess this is for people who think their hands are really hot and want to make sure their hot hands are preserved before old age steals their beauty. I dunno. They give me the super creepers.

State Fair 3

And I would be failing you a a blogger if I didn’t show you this weird, anti-Cheney seed art. Yes, it’s made of seeds and beans, and nothing but.

State Fair 4

Oh, and here are some ginormous pumpkins for you to enjoy:

State Fair 5

We didn’t spend a ton of time looking at animals this year. Mostly we were eating animals, but here is a harrowing true State Fair Animal story: On the morning that we went to the Fair (but before we got there) an angry bull escaped from its handlers. The bull set his sights on a man in the crowd, and charged. (Dude! How freaky would that be?) Then, when the man managed to escape, the bull charged a fire hydrant and killed itself. Then, hundreds of Minnesotans took pictures of themselves standing next to the fallen bull before he was carted away by veterinarians. True story.

We didn’t see anything that excited. All we really saw were a few funky chickens.

State Fair 6

That does it for another year at the Fair!


7 Responses to “Minnesota State Fair 2007”

  1. 1 Sam September 5, 2007 at 10:20 pm

    Technically, the hand booth has been in the corner of the Merchandise Mart for as long as I’ve been going to the fair (8 years,) but whatever. It’s still super-weird.

    And I, too, am mourning our decision not to go earlier and risk death by escaped bull. That would have made an awesome cell phone pic…

  2. 2 elise September 6, 2007 at 12:20 am

    hi sam!!!

    kate, doesn’t deep fried spangley mango sound delicious? or deep fried andy roddick’s visor?

  3. 3 Neil September 6, 2007 at 2:42 am

    Those hands are truly creepy. Like the pumpkins, though.

  4. 4 Courtney September 6, 2007 at 11:50 am

    Hooray for the heroic fire hydrant. I read on another blog that the deep fried fruit was actually quite delicious, but it still sounds grossy to me.

  5. 5 miriam September 6, 2007 at 7:04 pm

    Ahhh, the midwest. I still am in shock at seeing the deep fried frosted oreos and twinkies on state street in Madison. One of our friends ate one every time he visited town, and somehow his heart survived.

    Did they bread the fruit? Because fruit juice and oil is not appealing. Breading isn’t really, either…

    Are you still eating tofu?

  6. 6 arnold_schoen. September 7, 2007 at 12:54 am

    a quality post. thank god we are out from under the tyrannical hockey thumb for the moment…

  7. 7 Jen September 7, 2007 at 2:30 am

    Does the Minnesota State Fair feature the cow made entirely from butter? This was a staple of the Michigan State Fair. The trend has not made its way out to Idaho yet, where the best we can hope for is some defunct 80s band to have some sort of unsuccessful reunion.

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