I can almost smell the sweet and savory delectables soon to be wafting throughout the MN State Fairgrounds. The classic indulgence of those melt-in-your-mouth mini donuts. The larger than life corndogs, or anything fried and on a stick, for that matter! Ahh, there is so much to see, to experience, and to taste at the fair! For some of us, it’s a yearly celebration we wouldn’t think of missing!
This year is extra special because it will be the first time that we will be vendors, and we are still pinching ourselves over it! Instead of just one day of fair-going, we will soak up the whole shabang! Our team is excited to saturate ourselves with the culture around us, getting to meet you, and also taking moments to enjoy what makes the Minnesota State Fair the largest in the Country.*
It has been quite the adventure assembling our “booth” on location, which is more of a life-sized studio than pop-up. We’re going with the “all in” approach, and have plans to utilize our design in the future. We are so thankful for our team member, Matt, who deployed his design skills and vast marketing experience to sketch out and design our booth. We have spent the whole week assembling the structure and watching it come to life. Many of our team members have been hard at work in construction mode, while others of us are holding down the fort in Duluth. I can’t say enough how blessed we are to have such a great team!
Even our family has come to pitch in! We have had three generations of Bailey men working side by side. Our sons, Nathanael, and his father have been quite the team, and the memories of this time will be tagged in the catalog of special moments in my heart! It’s fun to see the cumulation of our skills and experience coming together, complimenting each other.
The Minnesota State Fair is affectionately and famously known as “The Great Minnesota Get Together.” It marry’s the years and years of history and tradition with the new and out of the ordinary. -And it’s safe to say that there is truly something for everyone who comes. I could list all of the events and attractions, but that is something you can easily find on the Minnesota State Fair website. Instead, I’ll share just a few of my favorites that I’ll be sure to experience while attending the fair this year.
The food is always a staple attraction when going to the fair! You arrive empty so you can fill up on those calorie extravagant, guilty pleasures that only come around once a year! And no matter how many interesting items I choose to eat on a stick, I’ll always make room for Sweet Martha’s Cookies and all you can drink milk. There’s something magical about a cold cup of milk, washing down a perfectly textured cookie after hours of perusing the fairgrounds. Is it possible that the milk at the fair is just a little bit sweeter and creamier than normal? -It sure seems like it!
As a city girl, I love to swing by the Warner Coliseum and Livestock Complex to soak in a little country to balance me out! It’s fun to cheer on the 4-H members who have worked so hard to make it to the Fair, and see the horses and other farm animals. There’s nothing like the soft little snouts of baby lambs and calves, or the shiny feathered hens doing their strut for onlookers. And if I’m lucky, I’ll catch some of the Western Saddle Club Horse Show.
Another experience that goes hand in hand with a trip to the Minnesota State Fair is enjoying an ice cold craft beer flight, and catching a free concert or two. With over 900 shows and 100 plus acts, I can’t imagine not finding some to enjoy. And since I’ll be spending a lot of time at the fair this year, I may have to enjoy another round or two!
As fun as the fair truly is, it can also be overwhelming for many. For those of us traveling with children and adults that require quiet breaks, I discovered a new attraction for 2021 that I think is an awesome addition. The Fraser Sensory Building is the perfect place to take a break in a calming atmosphere with Frasier-trained sensory support volunteers. They will provide guests with tools and techniques to calm their sensory systems, so they can rejoin the fun. They are located on the west side of Cosgrove Street, south of the Home Improvement Bldg.
Others of us might not be able to get enough action! To fill your adrenaline rush, the new Riptide is a spectacular roller coaster reaching 55’ high. With all the ups and downs, twists and turns, it just might make up for the wild rides you missed out on last year.
You could spend countless hours scanning through all the events on the Fair’s website, meticulously planning your route to catch as many sites as possible. Or, you could show up and let serendipity guide you. Whatever your style may be, we hope to get the pleasure of meeting you at the Great Minnesota Get Together! Come visit us at the Bailey Builds booth on the South side of Judson Avenue between Liggett and Clough streets, outside the Warner Coliseum. For the latest news, check out our stories and feed on Instagram.
*The MN State Fair is the largest state fair in the United States by average daily attendance and the second-largest state fair in the United States by total attendance, second to the State Fair of Texas.