MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — If you visit the Minnesota State Fair and order a small beer or soda, thereâs a good chance it wonât have âMinnesota State Fairâ on it. Â Five days in and the fair already ran out.
âEverything is in short supply,â said Stephanie Shimp, co-owner of Blue Barn in the West End.READ MORE: Crowd Removed With Chemical Spray As MN State Fair Closed
According to a fair spokesperson, a combination of shipping delays and supply chain problems caused them to run out of plastic cups with logos on them. Also a factor: the fair ordered the cups late because of uncertainty over whether there would be a State Fair in 2021.
Short supply has led to price increases in things like packaging, paper goods, chicken, beef and labor costs have increased since 2019, when vendors were paying employees closer to $10 or $11 an hour. Now $15 an hour is a common wage.READ MORE: Minnesota State Fair 2021 Final Attendance: 1.3M, Far Below 2019 Record
Fresh French Fries hadnât raised prices in four years, but the regular and large fries are both 50 cents more than they were in 2019. Giggles raised most prices 25 cents.
Many vendors are burying their price increases in credit card swipe fees, charging 3 to 3.5% per transaction. That does cover the increased cost of accepting plastic, but it also leaves a bit left over to help defray other costs.
Blue Barn has struggled to source pierogis this year, as their typical vendor had trouble getting supplies through customs in Canada. Fresh French Fries said theyâre in danger of running out of Heinz ketchup.MORE NEWS: Strong Finish To Unusual 2021 Minnesota State Fair, Despite Big Decline In Turnout
âItâs a weird year,â said Shimp, âbut itâs 100% better than last year, and thatâs what I keep telling myself. Itâs 100% better than last year.â