The official end of summer in Minnesota begins with the Great Minnesota Get Together, known as the Minnesota State Fair. Or even better known simply as The Fair. I always look forward this event with a whole bunch of excitement. Yeah, fairs are many things…places where 4Her’s show their animals, where politicians come to strut their potential stuff, where items from near and far are on display and for sale.
Then there’s the food. That’s what it’s all about for moi.
I’m sure you’ve heard the “on-a-stick” jokes, and here in MN, let me tell you, they are ALL TRUE! We have the usual suspects: corn dogs and pronto pups on-a-stick; pizza, alligator, and hotdish (never casserole) on-a-stick; bacon, pork chops, and fudge puppies (bet you want to know what these babys are LOL) on a stick; egg rolls, deep fried olives, (Oh yeah. I forgot to mention that most everything is deep fried, as well!) and glazed pig cheeks on-a-stick (no, I couldn’t bring myself to eat cheeks!); spaghetti, mocha (yeah a coffee drink), and macaroni and cheese on-a-stick; ostrich, deep fried smores, and Summit beer on-a-stick. There’s even butter on-a-stick. Honest. I’ll let you figure out how they do that one! And yes, I’ve tried most of the items on that list above 🙂 I’m missing a bunch of on-a-stick offerings–some crazy soul decided to try everything she could find on-a-stick at this year’s fair, and she bottomed out at 93! I’ll have to try that next year. Along with a whole bunch of heartburn pills.
Two of my favorite things at the fair aren’t actually on-a-stick. Sweet Martha’s chocolate chip cookies–warm, gooey cookies seriously piled high into a cone:
or a bucket:
until you’re sure you’ll never be able to pick it up without dropping a bunch on the ground. Yeah, I admit I’ve thought about snitching someone’s oopsies more than once, but you’ll be very happy to know I managed to restrain myself.
And then there’s the roasted corn. Slathered in melted butter and sprinkled with salt and pepper. Hauled in daily from whichever field they use to grow the cobs of delight!
So we come to the end of my edible tale, where I bid goodbye to summer and welcome in the fall. Lots of stuff coming up this fall, namely me writing my ass off so, thanks to my brand-spanking-new affiliation with Bella Books, I can turn in Blood Money Murder, the 5th book in my Shay O’Hanlon Caper series January 31st. See? Endings and beginnings. And, I have to admit, after all the noshing I did at the fair, it’s the beginning of a new diet, too!
Sometimes endings are sad. Sometimes they’re a relief. Dreams end and new ones begin. The close of summer is bittersweet as the days get shorter and the nights longer. I’m with a new publisher (happy happy), and I’ve recently put the house I grew up in up for sale (sad sad). What are some of your own endings and bright and shiny new beginnings?
PS For the record: It’s duck, duck, gray duck, NOT duck, duck, goose. I know I’m right because a stand at the fair was selling “YEAH, IT’S GRAY DUCK” shirts and hats! Hee hee hee.