Is every State Fair in America as captivated by food on a stick as the Midwest?

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Cheesecake on a Stick & A Heart-Shaped Beer Battered Cheese Nugget!

Foot long corn dogs, buffalo, alligator, cookie dough, cheese and chocolate dipped cheesecake, you name it and you can likely find it on a stick. I haven’t traveled to enough State Fairs to know if this is an American wide pandemic, but honestly, part of me wouldn’t mind if it was.

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Definitely the only place that could say so 😉

There’s just something about this childlike captivation with food on a stick that captures exactly what I’ve always loved about State Fair.  The demand for everyday foods on a stick is, after all, a childlike desire. It screams “I’m at the fair and I’m going to eat everything I want on a stick! Nothing’s impossible, no food shall go ignored, better yet, if we can deep fry it AND stick it; we shall! WE are at the State Fairs of Fairs!”
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My State Fair Experience Captured in a Soul Flower T-Shirt 🙂

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State Fair is our not-so-little playland


This was my first time attending the Minnesota State Fair, and I was pleased to find that it wasn’t all that different from my adored Wisconsin State Fair. I found fewer cheese stands to be still my beating heart, and fewer vendors, but overall the similarities were uncanny.  One thing that seems to be true of both state fairs (and possibly all State Fairs) is the ability for adults to return to their childhood state of mind.

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Butter. Seriously. People play with butter at State Fair. When’s the last time your mom let you sculpt the butter?

Full-fledged adults wander around wearing paper animal crowns, like it’s their Birthday at Burger King. I didn’t do a headcount, but I’m pretty sure I saw more adults toting silly crowns on their heads than little ones. They were walking about petting baby animals, talking to horses, competitively carving butter, eating dessert on a stick before their dinner on stick, and going on enough twirling, flipping, and dipping rides to shake the brain giggly.

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I was one of those “adults”
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The State Fair seems to be the one place where mass amounts of adults can let loose and simply be kids again. I’m normally a pretty lighthearted girl; I live with a certain amount of Peter Pan mentality, but even I found myself laughing harder than usual at the fair this year. My boyfriend, Johnathan, and I went on my favorite ride, the Tilt-O-Whirl, and we kept scooting our butts left and right in a successful attempt to make the ride spin faster. We were laughing so hard together, my stomach hurt and I pretty much cried!

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I mean, part of why State Fair is such a huge success is that we’re simply not willing to lose our childlike innocence. We all need a day of laughter, and a huge mob-like crowd of people doesn’t stop us from getting it!  At least, it sure didn’t stop me! I got my beer battered cheese curds (as every WI girl should), and my chocolate dipped cheesecake on a stick, and I got the laughter….I definitely got the laughter! 🙂

Did you hit up your State Fair this year? Which state? What did you enjoy most? I’m starting to get curious about other State Fairs now that I tried one newbie. 🙂

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Peace & Happiness, Buds!

Jacqueline Lee

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2 Comments on Minnesota State Fair: Happiness on a Stick

  1. oaxacaborn
    September 19, 2011 at 6:11 pm (8 years ago)

    Your post made me realize that since moving to FL, I haven’t heard a peep about fairs. I mean, does this state not HAVE summer fairs?! A quick hop over to Google revealed that in FL, the fairs occur in Feb and March. How hilarious is that?!

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  2. Jacqueline
    September 19, 2011 at 8:04 pm (8 years ago)

    That is funny! But I suppose when you’ve got sunny skies like FL, you can have a fair any time you please. FL should be having non-stop fairs, it would make me love that state more than I already do! 🙂

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