With so much awesomeness at the Minnesota State Fair, how can anyone decide who's got the best stuff going on? Well, the State Fair does every year, announcing a 'Best of Fair' list each year.

This year twelve vendors were selected for the 'Best of' list. I can only imagine that making the list is a big boost for your business for the final days of the fair.

Minnesota State Fair’s '2023 Best Awards' Winners

  • Afro Deli - Menu includes beef, chicken and veggie sambusas, plantains, mango juice and iced and spiced Somali tea. This is their inaugural year at the State Fair. (Located in the Food Building, east wall)
  • Aria Handmade - They feature a handcrafted collection of products made from naturally recycled and repurposed materials, plus handbags, jewelry and clothing. (Located at the International Bazaar, southwest section)
  • Bamboo Switch - Sells a full line of branded earth-friendly products, including cutlery, travel items, bags, baskets, hair ties and more. (Located in the Grandstand, lower level, south section)
Minnesota State Fair
Minnesota State Fair
  • Downdraft by Family Entertainment - This ride is located at Mighty Midway.
  • Jammy Sammies by BRIM - Serves a variety of sandwiches and coffee and lemonade drinks, including an Official New Food this year – two flavors of a jam’nade beverage – blueberry mint and strawberry jalapeño. (Located at the North End, northwest section, across from the North End Event Center)
  • Long-Range Basketball by Oren Concessions - This game is located at Mighty Midway.
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  • The Minnesotan - Sells logo’d caps and hats and sweatshirts and T-shirts for adults and kids. (Located west of Nelson Street, just south of the Grandstand)
  • Must Be Ruff - Sells all-natural, soft-baked, Minnesota-made dog treats. (Located in the Pet Pavilion, north wall)
  • O’Gara’s at the Fair - Menu includes food and drinks from Reuben rolls to fish & chips to burgers and more, plus a wide selection of brews. (Located on the southwest corner of Dan Patch Avenue and Cosgrove Street)
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Nicholas Ambrosius
  • Raiders by Wanderlust Amusements - This fun house is located at Kidway.
  • Union Hmong Kitchen - Menu includes Nqaij with chilled rice noodles, 5-Spiced Thai Tea as well as an Official New Food this year - Galabao (steamed pork bun). (Located at International Bazaar, south wall, west corner)
  • Visit Bemidji - Promotes tourism to Bemidji. (Located in the Education Building, south wall)

The 2024 Minnesota State Fair runs Thursday, August 22nd through Labor Day, Monday, September 2nd, 2024. See you there!

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