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My streak of writing about the Minnesota State Fair for the last 40 years continues. Sort of.
The State Fair isn’t happening, but lots of State Fair events are, including four 2020 virtual showcases: for Cookie Decorating, Crop Art, K-12 Art and Photography and Quilt On-a-Stick.
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ALSO: Nancy Harms to sing at Crooners; the National Dog Show on Thanksgiving; Music Under Glass at Como Park; and more.
I returned to the fair this week to see what has changed — and whether it might have grown on me since I last visited.
Thank a health inspector.
The fair’s decision not to track the diversity of its vendors “is sort of like putting your head in the sand,” said Rebecca Lucero, the commissioner of the state’s Department of Human Rights. “You’re choosing to not find out what’s going on.”
Sen. Bernie Sanders was at the fair Saturday, and Andrew Yang’s campaign will also have a presence. But only three of the Democrats running for president have separate booths on the fairgrounds.
“This is a chance to see some amazing music in a really fun setting,” says Nate Dungan, the Fair’s live music booker.
Minnesota law requires a state fair be held annually — but that hasn’t always happened.
The arts at the Minnesota State Fair are abundant, varied and (except for the Grandstand shows) free with admission.
R.J. Kern, whose art was unveiled Thursday at a special event on the fairgrounds, is the first photographer to be chosen as the fair’s official commemorative artist.
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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.