Minnesota and Iowa Rank High in Best State Fairs Polls
I know plenty of people just love going to the South Dakota State Fair in Huron, every year. But apparently, when it comes to state fairs, ours can't hold a candle to the Minnesota or Iowa state fairs.
Full disclosure, I have never taken in the South Dakota State Fair, but have been to Minnesota's and it was awesome! The culinary offerings alone would make any foodie rhapsodize about its many-faceted virtues. (Let me tell you about the deep-fried lobster bites, I inhaled!).
According to Livability, the top 3 are:
- Iowa State Fair - August 8 - 18, Famous for its food-on-a-stick and of course the now, iconic, life-size, butter cow, sculpted from 600 pounds of pure Iowa butter every year.
- State Fair of Texas - 24 days long, over 2 million visitors at the 2018 version and true innovators when it comes to fair food. (Hello deep-fried butter!)
- Minnesota State Fair - August 22 - September 2, also attracts over 2 million people, tons of live entertainment, over 300 food vendors, many serving locally famous foodstuffs.
Insider ranked the "Great Minnesota Get-Together" number 1 and Iowa's number 8 for the exact same reasons as Livability.
Perhaps a tour of neighboring state fairs would be in order.