This past Labor Day weekend, I took my first ever visit to the Minnesota State Fair in St. Paul.
Knowing my love of tasting new foods, some Minnesota friends of mine had been trying to get me to go to the fair for years. I have to admit, I didn’t quite know what I was getting myself into, but I was certainly up to the challenge.
For years I had heard tales of deep-fried [insert edible item] on-a-stick, but nothing they spoke of could have possibly prepared me for what lay ahead.
It was a place where it was acceptable for a toddler to eat a bucket of cookies, or a senior citizen in an electric scooter to gobble down a foot-long corndog - or in my case, a twenty-something journalist to experience his first “foodgasm” as one fair-goer called it upon trying deep fried cheese curds for the first time.
I ate as much as I possibly could, but I still didn’t make it to the chocolate covered bacon ... or ‘all-the-milk-you-can-drink’, or even the cheese-on-a-stick. After all, I still had all that local beer to drink.
So here’s to you, Minnesota State Fair. You kicked my keister, but don’t you worry - I’ll be back.
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