Deep-Fried Alligator came to the fair with some fanfare in 1997, and it’s still going strong. Blarney Beans, however, were introduced in 2012 and have disappeared.
Fine-art photographer R.J. Kern has submitted three times and been accepted three times. For 2018, his photograph won the First Glance Award and the Great State of Minnesota Award.
To save you the trouble of having to read every bit of fair food coverage, we created a meta-review based on critics’ takes from the Star Tribune, City Pages, Mpls.St. Paul Magazine and KARE 11.
ALSO: Elliot Park Art Walk; Happy Apple to perform Friday at the Dakota; “The Registry” at Third Place Gallery; and more.
This year, the third generation of Old Millers — John and Marna Keenan, who are in their 70s — enjoyed their first truly relaxing summer ever, after the family sold the historic ride in January to the State Fair.
Mental Health & Addiction
“We want this to be an uplifting, uniting experience. Everyone has mental health, good or bad. We want to focus on promoting good mental health,” said Sue Abderholden of NAMI-Minnesota.
ALSO: Hernán Diaz at Open Book; Open Streets at Lake + Minnehaha; and the Floating Library at Lake Phalen.
Starting around 2008, the fair media team realized that they were sitting on some valuable information. Hence the birth of the annual new food rollout.
From Music in the Parks to Bands on the Boulevard, it’s amazing how much free music you can hear in Minneapolis and St. Paul in summer.
ALSO: Anita Shreve, Emily Fridlund among Club Book authors; Midwest Accordion Meetup II at Minneapolis Eagles Club; and more.