By John Lauritsen

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The dress rehearsals and the finishing touches were being taken care of Wednesday night, because Thursday morning it’s back to business at the Minnesota State Fair.

Bill Mayfield and his crew from Indiana spent the day pumping out taffy on a machine that’s nearly as old as the Fair itself. He’s working his 7th State Fair this year for Sutter’s Taffy.

“We do 135 pieces per minute, and it’s a 100 pound batch,” Mayfield said.

From candy preps to pronto preps.

Jordan Danielson got to the Fairgrounds three weeks ago to make sure all eight Pronto Pup stands were ready to go.

“Get all the refrigeration going. Take in all the deliveries. It’s about a three week process,” Danielson said.

And it’s about a three minute process for 12-year-old Nicholas Sagdalen’s prized sheep Firecracker to get trimmed up for Thursday morning.

“The best part of the fair for me usually is I get to see all the animals and what types of animals there are and what types of breeds there are,” said Sagdalen who’s in 4-H.

From the veterans to the newcomers.

This year Lulu’s Public House will open the first-ever rooftop patio at the fair.

For co-owner Linda Young, it’s a dream that’s been years in the making.

“I think it’s a little different in having a rooftop patio,” Young said. “And being by the Grandstand so when the fireworks are going off you can see them really well.”

Lulu’s is one of two new restaurants in the new West End at the fair.

The Blue Barn is opening as well.

And both restaurants aren’t far from the new transit station at the fair.

Fair spokesperson Brienna Schuette said it’s the most changes they’ve had at the fairgrounds in 75 years.


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