The 2020 Minnesota State Fair has been canceled, but fairgoers who loved the event’s legendary treats will have a chance to sample some in late August and September.

By Ginger Crichton
July 22, 2020
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The Minnesota State Fair quickly sold out its first food parade, described as a drive-through experience featuring 16 vendors and a chance to support the Great Minnesota Get-Together.

About 19,000 timed-entry tickets were sold online within 2.5 hours The tickets were in such high demand that the vendor's website repeatedly crashed, and frustrated fair lovers aired their irritation on social media. "A very disappointing disaster," @mikewinter_ said on Instagram.

Tickets were $20 per vehicle for the food parade on Aug. 20-23, Aug. 27-30 and Sept. 3-7.

Proceeds will support the fair “in a year when the cancellation of the fair leaves us without 95% of our revenue to maintain our facilities and prepare for next year’s fair.” Food purchases are not included in the price.

All vehicles will follow a one-way 1.5-mile route through the fairgrounds that passes by 16 vendors. You’ll be able to buy food like cookies from Sweet Martha’s, tacos and burritos from El Sol Mexican Foods, walleye fries and duck bacon wontons from Giggles’ Campfire Grill and jumbo jerk chicken wings from West Indies Soul Food.

“Plan for a multi-hour experience, and enjoy entertainment, a trivia contest and activities along the way,” the fair says.

If you can’t wait until then for your fair food fix—or you weren't able to get tickets— check out the public Facebook group Minnesota State Fair Food Finder to find vendors who have set up booths this summer around the Twin Cities metro. More than 164,000 people have joined the Facebook group, trading ideas for places to buy rolled ice cream, frozen lemonade, deep-fried pickles, cheese curds, corn dogs, raspberry cheese wontons and more.

Read more about Midwest state fair cancellations as well as fair food alternatives. Iowa, Wisconsin and Kansas have announced fair food weekends similar to Minnesota's.