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Food, Friends, and State Fair

Food, Friends, and State Fair

Entrance beyond the ticket  gates

Entrance beyond the ticket  gates

Doing a couple of rounds at the State Fair is an absolute must!  There’s a lot of ground to cover in games, food, drinks, contest, education, decorations, homemade products, parades and of course freebies to be picked up.  The mid-west is known for their…interesting foods which includes putting everything on a stick and frying it as general best practice. If you are coming to the fair you should expect fried foods, plenty of sugar, and more than enough adult beverages.  The best part of the Minnesota State Fair, besides the food, is being with friends and family trying new things and partaking in Minnesota State Fair traditions.  Sure, you can fly solo, but splitting the cost on foods may fair better for the wallet and your stomach will thank you.

You can purchase Minnesota State Fair admissions tickets ahead of time online, or any of their listed vending points.  You also have the option to purchase your admissions tickets at the gates.  Something that was new to me this year was purchasing your tickets with your mobile device at the door by scanning the QR Code outside the gates. (It was awesome it was quick and easy entry as if I bought my ticket way ahead of time.)

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Ever heard of the Blue Ribbon Bargain Book?  It’s essentially a coupon book with 150 coupons that will save you money while you are at the fair.  There are plenty of BOGOs and discounts on treats, clothing, jewelry and many other vendor options.

There’s an amusement park for adults and children alike.  If you are a thrill seeker you have more than enough options to pump your adrenaline into gear. And of course this wouldn’t be a family adventure without the kiddie rides, learning adventures, and games.  Guess what?  There are coupons that you can use for rides and purchasing tickets as well!   

So we can agree that food at the fair tends to be extra special, but there are a few vendors that really set themselves apart from the rest.  Just because it’s at the State Fair doesn’t automatically mean that it’s worth the inflated prices they try to hit you with. In all honesty there are some booths that just aren’t worth spending the money, so eat at your own risk. Look for the award winning booths or booths that have something new and unexpected.  When shopping for non-edible items always go on the last day, vendors want to pack up the least amount of merchandise so you can catch major deals on Labor Day (the last day of the fair.)  If you want to go to the Minnesota State fair and really enjoy yourself try going in the mornings during the week. The lines for everything are 10 times shorter than if you go on the weekends.  

Overall, the Minnesota State Fair is fun, depending on who you go with and the expectations you have for yourself.  I say just get a group of friends together, jump on the bus, and stay at the fair all day walking, talking, eating, resting, and stocking up on free stuff.   August tends to be a hit or miss deal when it comes to the weather, but whenever The State Fair comes to town it’s hot and muggy.  Remember to bring a water bottle to stay cool and stay hydrated.  See you at the fair next year! 

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