COVID's Latest Victim? The Great Minnesota Get-Together
There it is. We all knew it was coming, but damn. This one hurts. I've been going to the state fair every year since I was in like 4th or 5th grade. And I grew up in northern MN and live in Fargo now, so it's not a quick thing either. Easily one of the things I look forward to most all year. So, to properly mourn this one, I'll give you a Top 5 Things I'm Going To Miss At The Minnesota State Fair This Year list.
Top 5 Things I'm Going To Miss At The Minnesota State Fair This Year
5.) Checking out everything from cars to tractors to Jacuzzis to Northern Tool & Equipment on Machinery Hill
I'm the kind of guy that likes to drive around car lots and head to motorcycle dealerships for fun. There is no better place in the world to do that than Machinery Hill. Looking at sportscars, sitting on Harleys, climbing through pontoons, splashing water out of the hot tubs even though its 95 and sunny, I just love that shit. Also there's something just kind of funny about walking into Northern Tool and being able to buy a fucking log splitter.
4.) Free concerts everywhere
Anywhere you walk around the fairgrounds, there's going to be a concert of some sort. From Jazz to Rock to Reggae, it's all there. And it's free.
3.) Things for fans
I'll be honest, I usually miss out on most of this stuff since the days I can come down are fairly limited. But for Minnesota sports fans, there is no shortage of interaction with your teams. Live KFAN shows, Brusso radio with Mike Russo and Bruce Boudreau, player signings (see my picture of Erik Haula above), playing wiffle ball with Twins players, giveaways, merch stores,being pressured to buy Wild season tickets even though you live 300 miles away and only make it to 2 or 3 games, it's all here.
2.) Craft beer for days
If you're a craft beer fan like me, the state fair is craft beer Valhalla. Beers of all kinds from great breweries all across the state. Minnesota has one of the best craft beer scenes in the nation, and the state fair puts it on display.
1.) Do I even need to type this one out?
I'm a big guy. This one should be obvious.
Fun fact: One of my favorite state fair foods is kind of a weird one that I don't think many people know about or give a chance. Right outside of the dairy building (the one with the butter sculptures) there is a food truck that sells Chinese chicken skewers on a bed of fried rice. They pull the chicken fresh off the grill, and then slather it with this incredible sauce that I have no clue what it is. You have to check it out in 2021.