Fair News Round-Up — August 31st, 2018 Edition

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 fairlyunbalancedmn@gmail.com

The Fair set yet another attendance record on Wednesday, and continues to be above last year’s record-setting pace. As long as the weather cooperates and we see the usual number of Fairgoers this weekend, not only should there be a new record set, but I think the 2 million mark will be reached for the first time. If you’re on the fence about going to the Fair (and honestly, you shouldn’t be), make sure you go this weekend and become part of history!

Here’s what people have been discussing about the Fair online today:

  • More excellent food reporting from the Star Tribune and Rick Nelson, this time showing you the BEST BREAKFAST SPOTS at the Fair. Breakfast is the most difficult meal to figure out at the Fair, but there are a lot of great options, especially a little later on into the morning.
  • Who says you can’t be fashionable at the Fair? City Pages combed the crowd and found the MOST STYLISH OUTFITS to showcase.
  • WCCO investigates CHANGING ATTITUDES about food at the Fair, a subject that’s been brought up often with this newest crop of Fair food additions. There certainly seems to have been a shift towards healthier and more balanced options (cotton candy-encased ice cream not withstanding).
  • Ranking and reviewing the new foods is fun and gathers most of the media attention each year, but Minnesota Monthly’s Jason DeRusha decided to list off his favorite NOT NEW FAIR FOODS, and the placement of some items on the list are bound to be controversial. In my mind, cheese curds are too high, the Gizmo is far too low, and Sweet Martha’s are just about right. Future article idea for after the Fair has wrapped up? Stay tuned.
  • Speaking of classic Fair foods and how they rank, WCCO provides us with a list of which food vendors EARN THE MOST per year at the Fair. Sweet Martha’s topping the list is no surprise, but the Midwest Dairy Association selling $1.1 million in $2 milk cups is an impressive figure.
  •  The Star Tribune photographers have done a wonderful job all Fair long of finding incredible shots to capture all that makes our Fair great (and visually stimulating), and the latest installment of the FAIR AT NIGHT is chock full of stunning pictures.
Categories 2018 Minnesota State Fair, Fair News Round-Up

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