Minnesota State Fair

By Candace Nelson - 5:58 PM

Minnesota State Fair

It's not every day that you're in Minnesota while the state fair is going on.

Minnesota State Fair

In fact, for me, it was my first time in Minnesota, period. And, I was mostly just passing through, stopping to see some art, and hitting up the Mall of America.

Minnesota State Fair

But the fair, I learned, is one of the biggest state fair in the United States by average daily attendance and the second-largest state fair in the United States by total attendance (according to Wikipedia). 

Minnesota State Fair

So, I figured it was a sign that I needed to make it happen.

Minnesota State Fair

I only know a little bit about fairs. I've been to West Virginia's, and there's fair food, rides, agriculture exhibits and shows. 

Minnesota State Fair

In Minnesota, it's pretty similar, but on 10x the scale. It's the biggest fair I've ever been to; there were just swarms of people all throughout the fairgrounds riding rides, checking out seed art, and a new one to me: butter sculptures. 

Minnesota State Fair

They were pretty amazing, to be honest. It makes me want to buy a giant block of butter and try it myself. 

Minnesota State Fair

The other thing that fairs in the midwest are known for are fried foods on sticks. 

Minnesota State Fair

Some offerings were pretty standard, and lots of folks get excited about a bucket of cookies. But the most exciting option for me was cream cheese-stuffed green olives deep-fried on a stick and served with ranch. 

Minnesota State Fair

These were really tasty. All the briny goodness of olives, but with an added texture of crunchiness. 

Minnesota State Fair

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