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Minnesota State Fair Foods Are Making a Comeback at the Fairgrounds

The fairgrounds will open with a limited number of tickets for a drive-thru of classics

A hand holds tiny, sugar covered doughnuts
Tom Thumb donuts are coming back!
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Since the cancelation of the Great Minnesota Get Together was announced, fair fans have wondered how to help struggling vendors, and how to get their hands on fair food, according to the Minnesota State Fair media department. So the folks at the Minnesota State Fair have found a smart way to satiate Minnesota’s collective hankering for foods on a stick. In a first-ever Food Parade on August 20-23, 27-30 and September 3-7, the fair will open its gates for a 1.5 mile drive-thru meandering parade featuring 16 food vendors, entertainment and of course, appearances from Fairbourne and Fairchild (no high fives this year, though.)

“Meander” is the key word here. In an effort to keep the event flowing smoothly and efficiently, a menu for all available foods will be included in a fun-filled goodie bag each car will receive at the start of the parade. Attendees are strongly encouraged to choose items ahead of time in order to facilitate a pleasant experience for all. Bring extra pens; there will be State Fair bingo to keep the kiddos busy while waiting for corn dogs and mini donuts to be brought to the car. Vendors will include Tom Thumb Donuts, Turkey To Go, Pronto Pups and more.

Click here for more information about this historic event.

The Minnesota State Fair does not receive any state government financing and relies on revenue from the fair and additional events held at the grounds, so the cancelation of all 2020 events has been a huge hit to the organization’s ability to maintain the 322-acre grounds and keep up with operating expenses. Proceeds from the parade will help support the ongoing operational costs as the fair looks toward the 2021 season.

Tickets are limited and expected to sell out once they go on sale on July 31. Tickets are $20 per car for up to five occupants, and food purchase at each vendor is additional.

Minnesota State Fairgrounds

1265 Snelling Ave N, Falcon Heights, MN 55108 (651) 288-4400 Visit Website