All photos by Darin Kamnetz

Go Radio’s Client Services Specialist Melody is a relatively recent addition to our Go Radio team, but she’s already proven herself to be a completely essential master of all things digital. There’s just one problem: Melody’s never been to the Great Minnesota Get-Together! We asked her to list the food, drinks, and attractions that she’s excited to try out at her first trip to the Fair. 

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Confession: I grew up in Fargo, North Dakota, right on the border of ND/MN and I have never been to the Minnesota State Fair. After hearing for years about the things I’ve missed, this year I am changing this … and I’m pretty excited about it. (I mean who wouldn’t be excited about the “three C’s”: Corn, Cows and Carnival Rides?)

After receiving all the advice and recommendations along with a little research, I’ve narrowed down my first-timer, must tries and sees.

My inner child really wants to go straight for a few of the rides. I have my eye on the Big Slide or the Great Big Wheel. The excitement of carnival rides will be preempted when I get distracted by all the delicious and unique foods options.

COOKIES. So even though Giselle says Sweet Martha’s is overrated, I have to try the cookies that everyone has raved about for all these years with a glass of milk from the dairy building and judge for myself.

I’m really excited to try all of the foods. From all the unique dishes, anything on a stick or deep fried goodness, the choices overwhelm me. I’m still formulating a game plan, but cheese-themed dishes are sure to be must haves – from mac and cheese, poutine, cheese on a stick and cheese curds, I want to try them all. Bonus points for the fries/cheese combo. Snow cones are always a must, so I will be keeping my eyes peeled for one of the shaved ice stands. Being from the Upper Midwest, I grew up with lefse at all major holidays so I low-key want to do a little comparison with Minnesota’s best.

Minnesota, the land of 10,000 craft beers … or at least when it comes to the State Fair options. The fair will have 300 Minnesota beers and ciders, and 27 new ones. I’m probably going to take Dana’s advice from Ask Wessel and go with the buddy system when sampling. I think a couple perfect Summer must-tries are going to be the The Shandlot Pink Lemon Shandy brewed by Bauhaus Brew Labs and Sociable Cider Werks Mimosa or Bellini. For more on the non-alcoholic side, either a fresh-squeezed lemonade or a Purple Cow seems like the way to go, especially on a warm, August day.

There’s all sorts of musical entertainment at the fair this year that I’m excited to explore. From the Grandstand to the various free stages, there is tons of opportunity to enjoy live music while sharing a deep-fried Oreo with your friends. I’m excited to see Shut Up and Rap live from the Go Radio stage at the fair on Thursday, August 30. I can’t think of a better way to close out summer.

With so much to do and see, and plenty more recommendations, this list is bound to change but my first ‘Great Minnesota Get-together’ is bound to be a success.

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