For the 152nd time since 1859, a deluge of Minnesotans dressed in brotanks and fanny packs has flooded St. Paul for the latest installment of the Great Minnesota Get Together. Even as you read this sentence, from Albert Lea to Roseau, and all points in between, citizens of the 32nd state in the Union are making the pilgrimage to our capital city for the chance to see beauty queens carved from huge butter blocks while double-fisting a couple of pronto pups and washing them down with an entire bucket full of cookies.
The annual Great Minnesota Get Together is still a few weeks away, so you still have time to set aside calories in preparation for the ‘Smorgasbord in St. Paul’ that is the Minnesota State Fair.
Some Minnesotans might be surprised to hear that we’re at the brink of a major political storm. A slow stream of articles have touched on some of the races sprouting from the August primaries, but a full-scale clash (annoying TV ads, smear campaigns, debates, etc.) between the parties is still on hold. The building pressure will likely result in short but sharply negative contests.
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.
Who’s ready to start horsin’ around? Later this month at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds there’s going to be all kinds of trotting and neighing as the 2014 Minnesota Horse Expo gets underway. Like so many of these events, it will only be truly experienced if one actually shows up and participates; this article can lead a horse to water but it can’t make it drink.
Minnesotans know how to do food. It’s a statistical fact. Despite ranking 12th in land size and 21st in population, the state of Minnesota is the 4th largest exporter of agricultural products in the USA. Combined with a long history of innovation, it’s only natural that we have blessed the world with a barrage of original food concepts.