Say I'MN to Trying New Things at the Fair
There’s always plenty to see and do and eat at the Minnesota State Fair. And this year, there’ll be more great stuff to say I’MN to than ever. So read on to see some of our favorite new additions to the Great Minnesota Get-Together.
Great Big Wheel
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making it the tallest Ferris wheel in North America. Also, it has 36 enclosed gondolas and is covered over a half million LED lights. It will be located at Randall Avenue and Cooper Street. (And it should be easy to find.)
The Veranda is a shopping and eating destination on the west side of the Grandstand's upper level. There’s too much new here to list. Rest assured, with nearly 20 vendors and the new Hideaway Speakeasy, this is one addition you won’t want to miss.
NHL® Centennial Fan Arena
From September 1-4, this attraction will celebrate 100 years of NHL hockey with videos and memorabilia. And maybe most exciting, there will be a virtual reality Zamboni® experience. Free with fair admission.
Bowl O’ Dough
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This sweet treat is just one of many new menu items available this year. And it’s exactly what it sounds like. That’s a good thing because it sounds amazing. These scoops of raw cookie dough come in four flavors: Brownie Batter Swirl, gluten-free Chocolate Chip Cookie, European Cookie Butter made with Biscoff spiced cookies and Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake with Blueberries in a sugar cookie dough. Find it at Blue Moon Dine-In Theater (Carnes Av. and Chambers St.).
It’s a grilled cinnamon bun sandwich with a bacon, peanut butter and marshmallow cream filling. You can find it at The Sandwich Stop on Clough St. between Carnes & Judson avenues.
No, they aren’t firecrackers. They’re red licorice dipped in batter, deep-fried and dusted with powdered sugar. And they’re At Vegie Fries, on Dan Patch Ave. between Underwood & Cooper.
One of the coolest things about the Minnesota State Fair is, no matter when you go, there’s always something to see. Here’s a short list of some of the nearly 20 traveling exhibits making an appearance this year.
• SToK Cold Brew Coffee (Aug. 24-27):
Activities and cold brew coffee sampling. (They had us at “coffee sampling.”)
• The LEGO® NINJAGO® Movie (Sept. 2):
Promoting the upcoming new movie with giveaways and appearances by costumed characters Master Wu, Nya and Lloyd.
• AARP Rocks VR Photo Booth (Aug. 24-Sept. 4):
Virtual reality photo experience.
• Tractor Supply (Aug. 31-Sept. 4):
Interactive exhibit promoting products and activities.
Minnesota Lottery Mini Golf
Stop by the Lottery booth and play the #OnlyinMN scratch game or the Minnesota Vikings scratch game for the chance to take a swing at our new Paul Bunyan mini golf. You could win great prizes!
Be sure to take a photo with Paul Bunyan and Babe and enter our free Twitter contest while you're at our booth. You can find us on the corner of Judson and Nelson. See you at the Fair!