What’s So Great About the Great Minnesota Get-Together?


Minnesota State Fair (2)

Though I’ve kept you updated on the State Fair improvements and price changes, I have a confession to make: I am not a fan of the Great Minnesota Get-Together.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate it. I’ve been a few times before and I manage to find some enjoyment. I like the rides and I love Sweet Martha’s cookies (the best part of my trip is buying a bucket). But other than that, I guess I just don’t get it. I don’t understand why it’s a statewide attraction, why everyone seems to count down the days until it’s here and why people go two or five or all twelve days.

If it weren’t for my friends, I would not go at all. I have little patience for crowds, I do not have a strong craving for random fried foods and it has never been my dream to be immortalized in butter or see in anyone else immortalized in it for that matter.

Maybe I should justify my feelings by saying this: I am not a native Minnesotan. I was born in California and grew up in the western states. State fairs were never a big thing in those places, so I didn’t grow up with them like everybody here did. Perhaps that is my problem. Loving the State Fair seems to be a trait that’s born and bred in Minnesotans. The children I nanny, ages 6 and 8, could not be more excited and I know people my age and older who share the same enthusiasm.

That is one thing I do love about the fair: it really does bring the state together. People from north and south, east and west, young and old absolutely love spending all day there. Unfortunately, I’m just not one of them.


Photo via: Matt



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Rebecca Mariscal

Rebecca Mariscal is a student at the University of St. Thomas majoring in Communication and Journalism with a minor in Spanish. She was born in California and has lived in four states since then, finally landing in Minnesota (maybe not for good). She loves to travel and studied abroad in London and Ireland last year with another planned trip to Argentina this upcoming year. She hopes to continue her travels after graduation without the excuse of class credit. She is an avid reader who enjoys anything she can get her hands on, from literature classics to popular trilogies. She enjoys writing in all forms, contributing to not only Minnesota Connect but also St. Thomas’s student-run online news source TommieMedia and the School of Social Work’s Perspectives.

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