Your favorite state fair may have been cancelled—but with a little sleuthing, you may find your favorite fair foods around your city.


By Ginger Crichton

Minnesota’s state fair, like many around the Midwest, has been cancelled for this year due to coronavirus concerns. That’s a big hit for a lot of small food vendors—and a disappointment for the two million fairgoers used to lining up for treats like corn dogs and cheese curd tacos.

But some vendors are setting up food booths around the St. Paul-Minneapolis metro, and a public Facebook group, Minnesota State Fair Food Finder, has been started to help you find them. More than 146,000 people have already joined, listing places to buy rolled ice cream, frozen lemonade, deep-fried pickles, cheese curds, corn dogs, raspberry cheese wontons and more.

Staff editor Jess Hoffert found this vendor at the Roseville VFW Post 7555.
Jess Hoffert
Jess Hoffert

Crossroads Center in Saint Cloud makes a good place to start; Miller Concessions promises “all fair food favorites in one location all summer.”

Indiana also launched a public Facebook group called Indiana Fair Food Finder. A Fair Food Drive-Thru was held June 20-21 at the LaPorte County fairgrounds, and vendors are popping up other places as well.

In Iowa, Fair Food Fridays hosted by Brenda Smith Concessions welcome orders for foods like cheese on a stick, funnel cake, fried Snickers and turkey legs.

Expect to see vendors in other states get enterprising, too. After all, summer only officially started a couple of weeks ago.

Jess Hoffert