>twenty-three

>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.

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  1. >You didn’t do it, did you? I haven’t done it. I’ve heard too many people say the money just isn’t worth it. The taste is baaaaaaaaad. But come on… You aren’t a cheese curd fan? ; ) I admit that I do love the chocolate chip cookies and milk. But can’t eat the tub-o-cookies. Such excess! Everywhere such excess!!! And the corn on the cob. Yes, it can be done at home, but it just doesn’t taste the same. *sigh* I’m a sucker.

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