DeBlog: Could The Shutdown Shut Down State Fair Foods?

As the state government shutdown continues, many of the ripple effects are being felt. One of the key concerns is the lack of health inspectors to give the green light to things like — state fair food booths.

Last week we answered a question in Reply All about the State Fair, asserting that because the fair is independent from the state of Minnesota, no taxpayer money funds the fair, and thus, it’s not affected by the shutdown.

A viewer wrote in and pointed out that state health inspectors look at every food booth to make sure it’s safe to operate.

Here’s what Lara Hughes, communications supervisor at the fair told me:

“The State Fair has a very close working relationship with the Minnesota Department of Health, which inspects food concession operations at the State Fair. We have been in contact with them about the status of their availability and been assured the agency will have inspectors on-site.”

We also wondered about the rides — since inspectors have to certify that they’re OK.

“Amusement rides are inspected prior to and daily during the fair by a contracting ride inspection company without government ties, so they will continue as usual,” Hughes said.

So there you have it. I’m not sure how the Minnesota Dept. of Health is positive they’ll provide inspectors — I’ll keep checking into that.

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  1. KeepItShutdown says:

    WHAT!!!
    Private companies can run without the bureaucracy of the state? Amazing
    Keep it shut down…
    Privatize everything we can.
    HOLD TO YOUR PRINCIPLES REPUBLICANS!

    1. DEE says:

      YA, PRIVATIZE EVERYTHING. DdO YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENS?
      THE PRIVATE COMAPNY RUNS EVERYTHING WITH AS LITTLE MONEY AS POSSIBLE. THEY RUN STUFF INTO THE GROUND AND THEY DO NOT CARE. tHE RESULT IS THE STATE WILL GET THE PROGRAM BACK WITH SO MUCH DAMAGE THAT IT WILL COST MORE MONEY THAN EVER TO GET THINGS BACK TO THE WAY THEY WERE. THE REPUBLICANS DO NOT CARE ABOUT ANYBODY BUT THEMSELVES. tHEY DO NOT CARE ABOUT THE POOR OR THE LESS FORTUNATE. sHAM ON ALL OF THEM!!!!!!

  2. Fred says:

    In keeping with the spirt of the state today, I suggest we separate the vendors by left or right party’s. Let the health inspectors do thier thing with the left food booths and let the righties buy from those not visited by the health department. This seems fair since they do not want or believe goverment does anything of value. Hope its hot outside and the facilities have no TP so they can truely feel the “ripple effects” 🙂

    1. KeepItShutdown says:

      Dear, sweet Fred,
      The previous post does not suggest that the food booth(s) should not be inspected, but rather, should be inspected by a private entity, similar to the rides.
      Don’t go on a ride Fred, they were not inspected by a state inspector…

    2. StraycatStrut says:

      Sounds good to me…. maybe we should not Pay Sales Tax and Gas Tax while the state is shutdown either. Afterall… they are not doing their job…. aka:Dayton

  3. dkauls says:

    No cheese curds! Or mini-donuts? After six days of scraping, ‘CCO finally came up with a downside to the shutdown.

  4. Ed Sulesky says:

    If this thing continues through the Fair the folks @ the Capitol (DFL or GOP) had better have a good reason why besides the BS they keep feeding us. How about this, if the govt. is shut down during the Fair then the DFL & GOP booths can’t @ the Fair can’t open. This doesn’t solve anything I know, but I don’t want them bugging me for my vote when they’re not doing their job in the first place.

  5. Guy says:

    Can we put Dayton in the “ejection seat” (& don’t bother with the straps).

    1. ruth says:

      How about putting ALL politicians in the ejection seat, minus the straps? Good riddance!

  6. self made victims says:

    Oh yuck! Here I was hoping without all the greasy “food” booths there migght actually be a pleasant Fair experience. It looks like I’ll have to skip another year or stinky people standing in like for greasy fried ick on a stick.

  7. self made victims says:

    Make that *standing in line*. Silly auto-correct on my PDA.

  8. jan says:

    Bring in some kids and let them have kool-aid stands

  9. Stacey says:

    There are thousands of people without a job and you’re worried about food being at the State Fair? Are you serious?!

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