Welcome to the Fairly Unbalanced Fair News Round-Up!
This feature will run daily during the Minnesota State Fair and feature the best of news articles, blogs, social media posts and more about the Fair from across the internet. Have an interesting item we missed? Send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday was a wild weather day at the Fair, with some of the free stages and rides evacuated during a severe thunderstorm. Hopefully everyone out at the Fairgrounds yesterday stayed safe, and hopefully that is as bad as the weather gets for the rest of the run of the Fair. Here’s what people have been discussing about the Fair online today:
- The St. Paul Pioneer Press goes BEHIND THE SCENES of the “History-on-a-Schtick” performance that the Minnesota Historical Society brings to the West End Market stage at the Fair twice each day for the last four years.
- Minneapolis Star Tribune photographer Aaron Lavinsky gives us a BIRD’S EYE VIEW of the Fairgrounds with his series of photos high in the sky. There’s some stellar photos in this set that give a whole new perspective.
- A pair of reviews of Sunday night’s Grandstand show with Earth, Wind and Fire from the newspapers on both sides of the river: Ross Raihala REVIEWS THE SHOW for the Pioneer Press, while Chris Reimenschneider GAVE HIS TAKES on the music legends for the Star Tribune. Both reviews are overwhelmingly positive, and continuing the string of great shows this year at the Grandstand.
- The Fair is built to create lifelong memories for Minnesotans, so when the Star Tribune asked readers to share their FAVORITE FAIR MEMORIES, there were no shortage of stories to tell.
- It’s no secret that the official State Fair app is pretty terrible, so Reddit user Applesaucesome created an awesome CUSTOM GOOGLE MAP for the location of all the new food items this year at the Fair. I’d suggest using this in addition with our own Fairly Unbalanced New Foods Checklist for descriptions of the location that go beyond the pinpoints on the map.
- KARE 11 has some ideas for perfect Fair BEER AND FOOD PAIRINGS, because you need to make sure to have the right beer to wash down all that deep fried food.