8 Fun Ways to Take a Chance at the Minnesota State Fair

August 18, 2014 | Comment

We’re now in the heat (pun intended) of everyone’s favorite part of the summer: the Minnesota State Fair. Let’s be honest—what’s not to love? From deep-fried everything on a stick to the cutest animals, there are so many fun things to eat, see, do, and experience.

But the Fair is more than fun—it’s about taking chances. And as you know from our most recent TV commercials, we’re all about taking chances.

So we compiled a list of ways to take a chance at the Minnesota State Fair this year. Feeling daring? Try to complete everything. Maybe just not all in one day.


The food at the Minnesota State Fair is legen—wait for it—dary. We know you wait all year for some of your favorites (those Sweet Martha’s chocolate chip cookies…), but as always, there are many new foods to try. And they look and sound delish.

Breakfast Juicy LuLu

Breakfast Juicy LuLu

Finally! Someone turned the Minnesota-original cheese-stuffed burger into a breakfast food. We had no idea this was something that was missing from our lives. An English muffin with two American cheese-stuffed sausage patties sounds like a good reason to get to the Fair early—it’s only served until 11 a.m. Find it at LuLu’s Public House located next to Schilling Amphitheater at West End Market.

Beer Gelato

Beer Gelato

A combination of gelato and local craft beer. Strange combination? Maybe, but it seems like a fun one nonetheless. Find it at Mancini’s Al Fresco located on Carnes Avenue near Nelson Street.

Chicken in the Waffle

Minnesota State Fair - Chicken in the Waffle

Someone thought of a way to put a twist on this Southern classic and make it “Fair-friendly” without a stick. Brilliant! (Although, the jury’s still out on whether we’ll miss the stick.) Be warned—it looks like a mega helping, so you might want to get a friend to share this with to save for more foods. Find it at The Blue Barn located west of the Skyride at the West End Market.



The official description: “Just like a fusion of feathery light cotton candy, flaky shaved ice and creamy layered snow, SnoRibbons melt in your mouth. It’s like eating snow and tasting ice cream at the same time.” Um, WOW. Snow has never sounded so good or so welcomed during the month of August. Find it at Blue Moon Dine-In Theater located on the corner of Chambers Street and Carnes Avenue.

Looking for more new Fair foods? Check out the Fair’s official list.


The Minnesota State Fair is packed with new attractions for 2014. It’s easy to get to the Fair and head for the things that you know and love, but get out there, take a chance, and try something new! You might be surprised and walk away with a few new favorites.

Extreme Canines Stunt Dog Show

Extreme Canines Stunt Dog Show

This sounds fun, is free with Fair admission and stars rescue dogs. Aww! Stop by the North Woods to cheer them on.

Eco Experience – New Highlights

Eco Expo

Easy ways to incorporate environmentally friendly habits into your everyday life and much more. The potential payoff for our environment is huge so stop by the Progress Center to check this out. According to the event description on the Fair’s website, Eco Experience is a partnership among the State Fair, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and more than 150 organizations and businesses across the state. It is the largest environmental event of its kind in the country.

Mighty Midway

Minnesota State Fair Stinger

If you hear screams coming from the direction of the Mighty Midway, that means people are having fun so give it a chance! There are four new rides: Crazy Dance, Hurricane, Rock It and Stinger. We’re game!


Minnesota State Fair Piglets

This is the only chance many Minnesotans have to get up close to the animals that play such an important role on some farms. The best part? Piglets! There’s a possibility of cuteness overload, but it’s a chance you’ve gotta take.

Check out the complete list of new or updated attractions on the Fair’s website.

Life’s a beach

We’re throwing a beach party this year at the Fair! Come find us at the corner of Judson and Nelson, where we’ll be giving you plenty of ways to take a chance and win big money and prizes! Every $10 purchase gets you a free gift.

Find a sticker on the back of the Pick-It Ticket—the Fantastic 5s—and you get to spin the giant beach ball wheel, which guarantees you one of four awesome prizes.

But that’s not it—enter your non-winning scratch tickets purchased at the Fair for a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card or our grand prize—a two-person pedal kayak and $5,000 cash!

What do you want to take a chance on at the Minnesota State Fair this year? Let us know in the comments.

All photos except last courtesy of the Minnesota State Fair

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