A lavishly illustrated, fun-filled history of the Minnesota State Fair complete with Blue Ribbon recipes!
State fairs are cornerstones of the American tradition and few are as beloved as the Minnesota State Fair. From Teddy Roosevelt’s famous grandstand speech suggesting that America should “speak softly and carry a big stick” to the inventions of mini-donuts and batter-fried cheese curds, the Minnesota State Fair has captured the imagination—and taste buds—of an entire nation. This treasury is filled with memories from over 100 years of the Great Minnesota Get-Together and more than 100 recipes from 4-H groups, time honored concessionaires, ribbon-winning contestants, and famous Minnesota companies, including Green Giant, Pillsbury, and General Mills.
2008 Midwest Book Award for Interior Layout Finalist
“A joyful book for us fair lovers—it brings to mind the joys of the fair itself and those Twelve Thrilling Days and Fun-Filled Nights.” —Garrison Keillor
“You won’t be able to stop turning the pages.” —Lynne Rossetto Kasper, host of public radio’s The Splendid Table