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(Minneapolis Star Tribune)   The Great Minnesota Get-Together will not get together   (startribune.com) divider line
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3 days ago  
I'm shocked that a two-week event allowing millions of idiots to stand shoulder-to-shoulder in sweltering heat and gorge themselves on fried food and beer amidst the continued risk of contagion won't be allowed to happen.

I was really looking forward to some of the new foods they were putting out too, particularly Sweaty Betty's Viral Veal Viand and Vector Victor's Vegetarian Quiche.
 
2 days ago  
Deep-fried Covid-on-a-stick, anyone?
 
2 days ago  
I look forward to seeing hundreds of morons marching around the site during that time screaming about it and holding poorly written signs.
 
2 days ago  

The Headless Horseman's Headless Horse: I'm shocked that a two-week event allowing millions of idiots to stand shoulder-to-shoulder in sweltering heat and gorge themselves on fried food and beer amidst the continued risk of contagion won't be allowed to happen.

I was really looking forward to some of the new foods they were putting out too, particularly Sweaty Betty's Viral Veal Viand and Vector Victor's Vegetarian Quiche.


Nobody in the upper midwest knows what veal is, as far as I can tell.
 
2 days ago  

Dafatone: The Headless Horseman's Headless Horse: I'm shocked that a two-week event allowing millions of idiots to stand shoulder-to-shoulder in sweltering heat and gorge themselves on fried food and beer amidst the continued risk of contagion won't be allowed to happen.

I was really looking forward to some of the new foods they were putting out too, particularly Sweaty Betty's Viral Veal Viand and Vector Victor's Vegetarian Quiche.

Nobody in the upper midwest knows what veal is, as far as I can tell.


We do know what it is, and we do eat it :). It is a meat food, so of course we eat it :).
 
2 days ago  
Oh jeez!

So, yer sayin'... what're ya sayin'?
 
2 days ago  
Which states will follow and which states will encourage everyone to go to their fairs to stick it to the libs?
 
2 days ago  
Meanwhile, the Minnesota Renaissance Festival put out a Facebook post saying they were still planning on having their event this year, but are waiting for better information as it gets closer. Many Facebook drones are taking this as a "YES they DEFINITELY will go on" announcement, promising to pack the grounds with people since the fair ain't happening, and they have begun mocking those of us expressing doubts as "living in fear" or "letting fear rule our lives," etc.

Fear? Sure. Also being a good person, trying to not be the one who breaks the infection rate open again...? But no, their choices couldn't possibly affect anyone else besides themselves, after all, they are the most important person in the universe...

/bitter
//salty
///member of high-risk population, taking care of octogenarian parents...
 
2 days ago  
oblig....

Ann Reed sings The Fair
Youtube 9HFdQ9O8drA
 
2 days ago  

Dafatone: Nobody in the upper midwest knows what veal is, as far as I can tell.


Delicious baby cow

We have farmers up here, befriend some of them.

Pretty sad if you think about it:
Since its inception (1859), the fair has been held every year with only six exceptions: in 1861 and 1862 due to the Civil War and U.S.-Dakota War, in 1893 because of scheduling conflicts with the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, in 1945 due to federal government travel restrictions during World War II, in 1946 due to a polio epidemic, and in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
2 days ago  
I misread the headline as the great millennial gathering, then ice at Minnesota State Fair and was very confused.

Doesn't seem like the venue of choice for your average millennial.
 
2 days ago  

BakaDono: Meanwhile, the Minnesota Renaissance Festival put out a Facebook post saying they were still planning on having their event this year, but are waiting for better information as it gets closer. Many Facebook drones are taking this as a "YES they DEFINITELY will go on" announcement, promising to pack the grounds with people since the fair ain't happening, and they have begun mocking those of us expressing doubts as "living in fear" or "letting fear rule our lives," etc.

Fear? Sure. Also being a good person, trying to not be the one who breaks the infection rate open again...? But no, their choices couldn't possibly affect anyone else besides themselves, after all, they are the most important person in the universe...

/bitter
//salty
///member of high-risk population, taking care of octogenarian parents...

"Renaissance Festival"

Isn't a plague a necessity for the Renaissance?
 
2 days ago  

Mycroft_Holmes_IV: Which states will follow and which states will encourage everyone to go to their fairs to stick it to the libs?


Ohio followed minutes afterward...
 
2 days ago  
I am a total fair fan-boy.  I went 5 times last year.  And there are other great events at the Fairgrounds that have been canceled as well, Back To The 50's, the GSTA Rod and Custom Spectacular  are also done.  It really is a shame but I don't think I could make myself go to any of those things this time around.  It's a tough call to cancel it, but it's the right call.
 
2 days ago  

Nonrepeating Rotating Binary: I look forward to seeing hundreds of morons marching around the site during that time screaming about it and holding poorly written signs.


Don't you mean - holding poorly written signs on a stick?
 
2 days ago  
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Yea.........no.
I've been once in the last 30 years, and spent the whole time at the DNR fish pond while the people I went with did State Fair stuff. On the way out my buddy asked me what I was thinking as I walked through the mass of fat sweaty humanity?
"Cluster bomb"
 
2 days ago  
It's lost on me anyhow. Parking is impossible. I could catch the train in Big Lake. The light rail fad destroyed the transportation structure. Bus routes were wiped out to support the trains. The fair is fun but always the same. Big crowds. I enjoy RenFest too but the crowds will be too scary for me right now.
 
2 days ago  
I'm looking forward to listening to people from around Burnout County here who haven't gone to the Minnesota State Fair in 40 years biatching about how they were going to finally go again this year even though they weren't.
 
2 days ago  
My wife is nostalgic for all the milk you could drink for a nickel. Her poor ass family would get dragged to that every year.
 
2 days ago  

MnDuffman: [Fark user image 425x238]
Yea.........no.
I've been once in the last 30 years, and spent the whole time at the DNR fish pond while the people I went with did State Fair stuff. On the way out my buddy asked me what I was thinking as I walked through the mass of fat sweaty humanity?
"Cluster bomb"


Last time I went I saw Steve Martin perform ,that was in '77  maybe '78
 
2 days ago  
The rumor is that it was decided back in March to cancel.  They just wanted to wait until they announced that the state was going to begin to reopen as to not freak people out.
 
2 days ago  
I'm sure a couple of southern states will host state fairs. That way we can see if it was a bad idea.
 
2 days ago  
I am sorry for you if you don't understand how awesome the Minnesota State Fair is.
 
2 days ago  

ClavellBCMI: Dafatone: The Headless Horseman's Headless Horse: I'm shocked that a two-week event allowing millions of idiots to stand shoulder-to-shoulder in sweltering heat and gorge themselves on fried food and beer amidst the continued risk of contagion won't be allowed to happen.

I was really looking forward to some of the new foods they were putting out too, particularly Sweaty Betty's Viral Veal Viand and Vector Victor's Vegetarian Quiche.

Nobody in the upper midwest knows what veal is, as far as I can tell.

We do know what it is, and we do eat it :). It is a meat food, so of course we eat it :).


South Dakota seems to think that veal is just future beef and prefers to wait.
 
2 days ago  

chawco: I misread the headline as the great millennial gathering, then ice at Minnesota State Fair and was very confused.

Doesn't seem like the venue of choice for your average millennial.


Then you have never been in Minneapolis and St. Paul around the time of the fair. The look of sadness tinged with contempt you will receive from millennial Minnesotans should you confess that no, Betsy, you don't have much interest in fried cheese curds or butter sculpture or carny-built park equipment is something truly impressive to behold on a young(ish) person.
 
2 days ago  
I watched the fair manager give the news conference on this today. Classy. He made the right decision, painful as it was. A lot of money will be lost and vendors will be out a lot of dough. And the fair board voted unanimously to call it off. The choices in their decision were binary: either all-in or all-out. No way they could've pulled off a social distancing version. Logistics would have been a clusterfark.
 
2 days ago  

Focks: It's lost on me anyhow. Parking is impossible. I could catch the train in Big Lake. The light rail fad destroyed the transportation structure. Bus routes were wiped out to support the trains. The fair is fun but always the same. Big crowds. I enjoy RenFest too but the crowds will be too scary for me right now.


I'm sure I will regret revealing my method.  I drive in and park on Como or by Hamline, pull out my bicycle and ride in the last mile.  Bike parking is free.
 
2 days ago  

Catlenfell: The rumor is that it was decided back in March to cancel.  They just wanted to wait until they announced that the state was going to begin to reopen as to not freak people out.


I'm not surprised. They canceled all the big festivals here in St. Louis too around that time.
 
2 days ago  
I can't do the state fair. There's just too many people. It takes forever to get anywhere.

I always loved the RenFest until the last time I went a couple years ago and people kept being racist assholes to my husband. Ruined it.
 
2 days ago  

DarksideHalo: BakaDono: Meanwhile, the Minnesota Renaissance Festival put out a Facebook post saying they were still planning on having their event this year, but are waiting for better information as it gets closer. Many Facebook drones are taking this as a "YES they DEFINITELY will go on" announcement, promising to pack the grounds with people since the fair ain't happening, and they have begun mocking those of us expressing doubts as "living in fear" or "letting fear rule our lives," etc.

Fear? Sure. Also being a good person, trying to not be the one who breaks the infection rate open again...? But no, their choices couldn't possibly affect anyone else besides themselves, after all, they are the most important person in the universe...

/bitter
//salty
///member of high-risk population, taking care of octogenarian parents...

"Renaissance Festival"
Isn't a plague a necessity for the Renaissance?


When keeping it real goes wrong....
 
2 days ago  

The Headless Horseman's Headless Horse: I'm shocked that a two-week event allowing millions of idiots to stand shoulder-to-shoulder in sweltering heat and gorge themselves on fried food and beer amidst the continued risk of contagion won't be allowed to happen.

I was really looking forward to some of the new foods they were putting out too, particularly Sweaty Betty's Viral Veal Viand and Vector Victor's Vegetarian Quiche.


Oh please, who the hell still sells veal anymore?
 
2 days ago  

BakaDono: Meanwhile, the Minnesota Renaissance Festival put out a Facebook post saying they were still planning on having their event this year, but are waiting for better information as it gets closer. Many Facebook drones are taking this as a "YES they DEFINITELY will go on" announcement, promising to pack the grounds with people since the fair ain't happening, and they have begun mocking those of us expressing doubts as "living in fear" or "letting fear rule our lives," etc.

Fear? Sure. Also being a good person, trying to not be the one who breaks the infection rate open again...? But no, their choices couldn't possibly affect anyone else besides themselves, after all, they are the most important person in the universe...

/bitter
//salty
///member of high-risk population, taking care of octogenarian parents...


That's because the RenFest is privately owned, while the State Fair is not.

Die for capitalism.
 
2 days ago  

knbwhite: My wife is nostalgic for all the milk you could drink for a nickel. Her poor ass family would get dragged to that every year.


That's where I found out that you can't drink a gallon of milk.

Good times.

Good times...
 
2 days ago  

BakaDono: mocking those of us expressing doubts as "living in fear" or "letting fear rule our lives," etc...


Fear? Sure. Also being a good person

.

Selling cowardice as altruism.
 
2 days ago  

Mad Canadian: knbwhite: My wife is nostalgic for all the milk you could drink for a nickel. Her poor ass family would get dragged to that every year.

That's where I found out that you can't drink a gallon of milk.

Good times.

Good times...


I made up the part about her being nostalgic for the milk booth, they were poor and did get dragged to it though. Ever since she first told me about it I kid her about it. She and her siblings do get stabby if I try to downplay the size or awesomeness of the Minnesota State Fair.
 
2 days ago  

knbwhite: I made up the part about her being nostalgic for the milk booth


I'll bet she is nostalgic.

Pay a quarter for a paper cup and all the refills of super-cooled whole milk that you can drink.

What's not to love?
 
2 days ago  

Infobahn: I am sorry for you if you don't understand how awesome the Minnesota State Fair is.


Just don't take a bus to get there.

I give Minnesota 3.2 stars out of 10

It's pathetic that Donny Osmond can walk to the corner store and get stronger beer than Illhan Abdullahi Omar.

/stuck in Minnesota
 
2 days ago  
I had good memories of the Fair until I went a few years ago as an older adult and realized my tolerance of crowds and overpriced food had gone way down.
 
2 days ago  

itsaback: Infobahn: I am sorry for you if you don't understand how awesome the Minnesota State Fair is.

Just don't take a bus to get there.

I give Minnesota 3.2 stars out of 10

It's pathetic that Donny Osmond can walk to the corner store and get stronger beer than Illhan Abdullahi Omar.

/stuck in Minnesota


Aww, sounds like someone hasn't drank until they passed out in a big Leinie Chair
 
2 days ago  

Dafatone: The Headless Horseman's Headless Horse: I'm shocked that a two-week event allowing millions of idiots to stand shoulder-to-shoulder in sweltering heat and gorge themselves on fried food and beer amidst the continued risk of contagion won't be allowed to happen.

I was really looking forward to some of the new foods they were putting out too, particularly Sweaty Betty's Viral Veal Viand and Vector Victor's Vegetarian Quiche.

Nobody in the upper midwest knows what veal is, as far as I can tell.


Shortly after moving here my request for veal in a meat department was met by a horrified look.
 
2 days ago  

lycanth: Dafatone: The Headless Horseman's Headless Horse: I'm shocked that a two-week event allowing millions of idiots to stand shoulder-to-shoulder in sweltering heat and gorge themselves on fried food and beer amidst the continued risk of contagion won't be allowed to happen.

I was really looking forward to some of the new foods they were putting out too, particularly Sweaty Betty's Viral Veal Viand and Vector Victor's Vegetarian Quiche.

Nobody in the upper midwest knows what veal is, as far as I can tell.

Shortly after moving here my request for veal in a meat department was met by a horrified look.


Well, don't go to Whole Foods or Trader Joe's..... Hell, half the people get squeamish if you mention blood orange.
 
2 days ago  
They announced it in the morning, but they'd known long enough to get the dates on the front gate changed by afternoon...

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2 days ago  
I look forward to the fair every year. It's my yearly pilgrimage. This makes me incredibly sad.
 
2 days ago  

itsaback: Infobahn: I am sorry for you if you don't understand how awesome the Minnesota State Fair is.

Just don't take a bus to get there.

I give Minnesota 3.2 stars out of 10

It's pathetic that Donny Osmond can walk to the corner store and get stronger beer than Illhan Abdullahi Omar.

/stuck in Minnesota


If you struggle to find a liquor store in Minnesota, your life must really be a bummer.  We are not Wisconsin, but the local bus will take you right to the liquor store, and wait for you to shop.
 
1 day ago  

BakaDono: They announced it in the morning, but they'd known long enough to get the dates on the front gate changed by afternoon...

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Meh.  They slap a 6 over the 7, a 6 over the other 7, and a 1 over the 0.  Probably took a couple hours at most.
 
1 day ago  

Sniffers Row: itsaback: Infobahn: I am sorry for you if you don't understand how awesome the Minnesota State Fair is.

Just don't take a bus to get there.

I give Minnesota 3.2 stars out of 10

It's pathetic that Donny Osmond can walk to the corner store and get stronger beer than Illhan Abdullahi Omar.

/stuck in Minnesota

Aww, sounds like someone hasn't drank until they passed out in a big Leinie Chair


No, just was hoping to be east of Hudson before I had to stop for the night.  Ended up near Clearwater.

caljar: itsaback: Infobahn: I am sorry for you if you don't understand how awesome the Minnesota State Fair is.

Just don't take a bus to get there.

I give Minnesota 3.2 stars out of 10

It's pathetic that Donny Osmond can walk to the corner store and get stronger beer than Illhan Abdullahi Omar.

/stuck in Minnesota

If you struggle to find a liquor store in Minnesota, your life must really be a bummer.  We are not Wisconsin, but the local bus will take you right to the liquor store, and wait for you to shop.


I was referring to the accident last year when a couple buses merged into each other.

The point is that 49 other states do not require 3.2 beer. Even Utah.
It is amusing that Minnesota can be so progressive while being completely regressive. Yet it works.
 
1 day ago  

itsaback: It is amusing that Minnesota can be so progressive while being completely regressive.


That's Nordic Lutherans for you.

Progressive and conservative at the same time.
 
1 day ago  

itsaback: Infobahn: I am sorry for you if you don't understand how awesome the Minnesota State Fair is.

Just don't take a bus to get there.

I give Minnesota 3.2 stars out of 10

It's pathetic that Donny Osmond can walk to the corner store and get stronger beer than Illhan Abdullahi Omar.

/stuck in Minnesota


Why are you buying 3.2 beer? Most of the beer sold in Minnesota is not 3.2.
 
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