>Today the Minnesota State Fair begins, also known as the Great Minnesota Get-Together. Here are some of my favorite highlights from the brochure:
New Taste Treats! The 2007 State Fair offers peanut butter hot dogs, calamari, Uffda brats and Spam galore! New on-a-stick creations include Kool-Aid pickles, fried fruit, sloppy joes, Rocky Road scones, corned beef and cabbage, dessert dumplings and s’mores!
Now, I just wonder who on earth sits around all year thinking “What else can I put on a stick??” I’m not sure if I admire them or pity them or think they need some therapeutic help. Last year the big to-do was over spaghetti and meatballs on a stick. Why? Why would I spend $6 for a dish I can make at home, just because it’s on a stick? And how many Italians (or, as so many Minnesotans call us, Eye-talians) are rolling over in their graves over the horror of it?
And fried fruit… I think there must be some contract you sign when you want to be a food vendor at the fair – I will not serve anything that might have nutritional value, and will negate any inherent nutrition by dousing with deep-fried grease.
But I have to own up… there is one crazy thing I’m dying to try… the deep fried candy bar. Morbid curiosity has bitten me on this one, but I haven’t been willing to cough up the $4 for it. I’m thinking that someday I’ll find a couple of other people who value their arteries as little as I do and we’ll go in on it, so we can each have one possibly fatal bite. And then there’ll be someone around to call 911 when our hearts stop.