Fair and Square

The Minnesota State Fair is a festival of regional favorites and food-on-a-stick. These photos first appeared with the June/July 2012 issue article Fair and Square.

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Competing cakes from the Minnesota state fair are displayed after tasting and judging.
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A meatball “sundae,” one of the foods served at the fair. Penny de los Santos
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A fairgoer enjoys an apple dumpling a la mode. Penny de los Santos
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Canning is one of many categories of culinary arts at the fair eligible for ribbons and prizes–here a fairgoer samples a jar of pickled beets. Penny de los Santos
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A server at a fairground church dining hall. Local church suppers, insulated from the surrounding commotion, are a tradition at many fairs around the country. Penny de los Santos
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Cured meats for competition are displayed in the Minnesota Fair’s Creative Activities building. Penny de los Santos
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Miniature doughnuts are one of the many fried delicacies available for purchase at the fair. Penny de los Santos
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Swedish coffee, colloquially known as Lutheran latte and familiar to many Swedish-Americans of the upper Midwest, is made by adding an egg before boiling the brew, which clarifies the coffee and removes any bitterness. Penny de los Santos
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A volunteer gazes out at the fairground. Penny de los Santos
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The Salem Lutheran dining hall, where one of the fair’s church suppers is in swing. Penny de los Santos
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A cup of the fair’s perfect french fries, available salted and topped with ketchup or spritzed with malt vinegar. Penny de los Santos
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Vendors shuck corn for sale at the fair. Penny de los Santos