A search for “corn” using the Minnesota State Fair’s food finder tool yields 122 results. That’s a lot of options for fairgoers attending The Great Minnesota Get Together to find some type of food — corn on the cob, corn dogs, corn-fed meat or popcorn — that uses corn in one way or another.
But food stands won’t be the only place to learn about corn at the Minnesota State Fair, which opens Thursday, Aug. 22 and runs through Labor Day. To reach out to the non-farming public about corn farming, renewable ethanol and agriculture overall, The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) will have a presence throughout the entire fair.
- Friday, Aug. 23, is “A-maize-ing Corn Day” at the fair. MCGA staff and agvocates will run corn-themed games and hand out prizes to kids while interacting with non-farmers in front of the CHS Miracle of Birth Center near the Christensen Brothers stage.
- At 1 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 25, MCGA public relations manager Adam Czech will be a guest taster on the Minnesota Cooks stage near Carousel Park. Czech will be sampling locally-grown foods from some of Minnesota’s best restaurants (rumor has it beef tongue tacos from Hell’s Kitchen are on the menu) with U.S. Sen. Al Franken and another local celebrity. It’s a great opportunity for MCGA to highlight how corn plays a major role in shaping Minnesota’s local foods scene in front of a large crowd of fairgoers and food enthusiasts.
- MCGA is teaming with Radio Disney to bring a positive message about corn and farming to kids near Carousel Park on Monday, Aug. 26 (Kid’s Day). Kids will also have a chance to learn more about farm life by walking through the Little Farm Hands exhibit – a miniaturized farm that that takes kids through a series of five barns, a grain bin, tractor yard, garden plot, apple orchard and farmers market. More than 40,000 kids are expected to visit the exhibit, which is sponsored in part by MCGA, during the fair.
- Want to learn more about corn and dairy? MCGA volunteers will be helping our friends from the Midwest Dairy Association teach fairgoers about milking cows and caring for cattle in the Moo Booth inside of the historic Cattle Barn building.
The Minnesota State Fair: a time to eat corn, learn more about corn, and honor all of the Minnesota farmers who grow the food, fiber and fuel that benefits all Minnesotans and people throughout the entire world. See you there!