2012 State Fair Highlights

I have so much more to tell you all about our trip.  And I promise I will.

However, with the State Fair upon us this Thursday (8/23/12), I wanted to share some highlights that look intriguing to me.

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Wednesday the 22nd is the last day you can purchase pre fair tickets for $9, Midway and Kidway sheets of tickets ($10 for 20).  These are available at Cub Foods and other locations around the state.


  1. Doggies of the Wild West –Heritage Square– 12:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 6:00 pm 
  2. Moo Booth –Cow Barn–hand milking demonstrations 11:30 am, 1:30 pm 
  3. Family Fair –Baldwin Park — huge sandbox, juggler, marionettes, etc. 
  4. Luminarium — Cooper St and Murphy Ave — $4, age 5 and under are free.  Walk through an inflatable sculpture of tunnels and domes in light and color. 
  5. Little Farm Hands — Machinery Hill — don’t expect this to be exactly like the farm, but your kids will have fun. 
  6. CHS Miracle of Birth Center — see brand new babies and learn about animal agriculture 
  7. Timberworks Lumberjack Show — The North Woods — 11:00 am, 1:30 pm, 5:00 pm, 7:00 pm
  8. Daily parade — 2;00 pm 
  9. KARE 11, Fox 9, KSTP, WCCO — watching the newscasts and being a part of the live studio audience is always fun
  10. Giant Sing Along — Across from the Pet Center — Sing in the park karaoke style. 
Food Recommendations:  You don’t have to do these all.  In fact, you shouldn’t, but here are some suggestions to consider!
  • On a stick
    • Apple Li’l –cheesecake on a stick dipped in fudge
    • Deep Fried Candy Bars — the best is Snickers or Milky Way on a Stick, but I haven’t tried the Oreos.  I know it sounds kind of gross, but think of it as a funnel cake with the chocolately gooeyness in the middle.  And you need to get them hot!
    • Granny’s Kitchen Fudge Puppies — Belgian Waffles on a stick dipped in chocolate and other varieties
    • Ole and Lena’s — Tatertot Hotdish on a stick.  Make sure you dip it in the “cream of mushroom soup” sauce
  • New This Year
    • Spaghetti Eddie’s –Super Stick, cheese and pepperoni deep fried on a stick
    • Tejas — Chicken Nachos on a stick
    • Ole’s Cannolis  –Cannolis
    • Ice Cream Parlor — Paul Bunyan Bar – 6 inch ice cream bar (vanilla or cinnamon) dipped in chocolate and rolled in coconut or almonds or sprinkles)
  • My favorites
    • Dairy Goodness Bar — I usually don’t like malts, but these are really good.  Plus, this is a good place to pick up something kind of normal for the kids like cheesesticks or yogurt 
    • Pork Chop & Chicken– pork chop on a stick is really really good!
    • Sweet Martha’s Cookie Jar — I always END my day with Sweet Martha’s cookies.  Hot and delicious, you can take your cookies to the All You Can Drink Milk Stand or purchase a milk from the booth.  Either way, I always feel stuffed after I have Sweet Martha’s whether I start my day there or end my day there.  So now I’ve decided it’s the last thing that I do in order to enjoy the day!
Take the Bus!  The best way to get to the fair is by taking the bus!  Go here to get more information!

About giannarae

I am a child of God who has been given the humbling job of being a wife and a mother to 4. Those whom He has given to me are my Sweet Peas and Buddies and one Honey.
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One Response to 2012 State Fair Highlights

  1. Jamie says:

    I saw this a few days ago, but just getting to it now. I love the state fair, and miss it so much since moving out to CA.

    The fairs just don't compare out here. I'm curious to know what the new food items are this year so if you've heard about a few I'd love to know.

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