2012 Minnesota State Fair Recap

I’ll be honest, I’m not a Minnesota State Fair regular. In fact, the place overwhelms me. There are so many people, there is so much to do, and despite all the things I read about doing, I never seem to be able to find them.

I would have loved to try the bacon ice cream, or the red velvet funnel cake, or the lamb fries (aka lamb testicles, and yes, I would have tried them). Somehow I never even saw them!

I remember going to the fair when I was little, and all I remember is being crowded and looking at smelly animals, and finally sharing cheese curds with my family. When I was in college I got my second taste of the Minnesota State Fair when I went with two friends to the Brad Paisley concert and had a blast! Two years ago I bought tickets to see Tim McGraw and when my date fell through I called a girlfriend last minute and she and I had a blast!

So Saturday was my fourth time attending and I thought I had the fair mostly figured out….Until the shuttle I planned to take had changed locations. I loved when the fair shuttle left Southdale mall. And I’m sure there are good reasons for the change to the Best Buy Campus, but it really annoyed me to have to drive over there, and the signs directing you to where you could park weren’t very helpful (there were none).

I was a little cranky to have trouble parking, and it was sprinkling, but a quick trip to Dick’s Sporting Goods and finding some rain coats on sale helped that! Once we arrived at the fair we were starving and quickly found food!

We started with the Sausage by Cynthia trial bowl. We picked three types and got a half a sausage of each, it was delicious! But not quite enough to curb our hunger, and we still had thirst to worry about!

Thankfully a free sample from Leinenkugel’s could take care of the thirst! Their Lemon Berry was something I hadn’t heard of before, but it was perfect for a summer day! It did feel a little wrong to be enjoying the Wisconsin beer at the Minnesota State Fair.

Thankfully the Minnesota Brewers Association helped with the guilt…

We each bought a sampler to try. I chose the “lighter flight” while Jason went with the “hoppy flight”.

It great to try different beers and I was happy the Fulton Lonely Blonde was included as it is a favorite of mine. I would recommend taking photos of the boards so you know what you’ve bought and what you’re drinking.

Of course drinking small tastes of craft beers takes a while to enjoy.

So all of a sudden it was time for the concert!



Blake put on a great show!And it was fun to see Miranda come up at the end!

Overall, it was a successful trip. If I lived in the cities I might be inclined to go again, but considering the drive, an afternoon and evening is great to get a taste for the state fair without getting sick of the state fair.

Are you planning on going to the state fair? What did you see/do/taste that I didn’t?








  1. I am so jealous. I am the opposite of you– I have MISSED probably about four years of the fair in my life. But alas, this year we can’t go 😦 The craft beer looks awesome! And I can’t believe you would have tried the lamb testicles. Gross. Haha. Glad you enjoyed

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