The Great Minnesota Get-Together may be best known for fried foods on sticks and the Miracle of Birth center, but another big draw is the shopping and swag. Hundreds of vendors are located throughout the State Fair, offering everything from beer steins to free backpacks. This year, there are 52 new vendors – here are a few that you should definitely check out. For a complete list of vendors, visit www.MNStateFair.org.
The 16oz Society
This Midwest apparel company is dedicated to, “helping beer lovers show their support for local breweries.” For their first year at the Minnesota State Fair, the 16oz Society will be selling exclusive posters, pint glasses, and shirts alongside their regular catalog of hats, stickers, and decals. Find this vendor in the Grandstand, upper level, along the south wall.
You & Me Sittin in a Tree
For personalized family trees, state prints, and wooden ornaments, You & Me Sittin in a Tree is the place to be. They also offer a gorgeous collection of wooden and ceramic bird cages and decor. Located at the West End Market in the northeast section.
Doghouses & Playhouses
This aptly-named vendor offers exactly what you would expect – custom dog and play houses. The company offers a wide variety of themes, including Victorian home, lake house, and of course, the Minnesota Wild. Pick out the perfect house for your dog and/or kids or have one designed to your exact specifications. Doghouses & Playhouses can be found on the southwest corner of Randall Avenue and Cooper Street.
If you’re in the market for a custom wood-engraved phone case or virtual reality (VR) headset, Kasemakers is the perfect vendor for you. In addition to cases, you can also find camera lenses, wireless headphones, and even a Google Cardboard 3D viewer. If you aren’t sure what you want on your case, the company offers plenty of inspiration. Located in the Grandstand, upper level, along the south wall.
Mushroom fans pay attention: home cultivation kits are on the market! Offering nearly 30 different types of cultivar, Ready-2-Fruit Mushrooms has everything you need to grow your own your own. No more foraging in the forest – these kits are easy to use and guaranteed to impress foodies of all types. Find them in the Creative Activities Annex along the west wall.
Angry Minnow Vintage
Based in Rosemount, MN, Angry Minnow Vintage features custom flannel for both men and women. At the State Fair, you’ll be able to peruse locally-themed shirts, hats, bottle openers, and even handbags. It may be too hot for a flannel long sleeve now, but you’ll be glad you have one come November. At the northwest section of the West End Market.
Have you always thought you’d look great as an action figure? Now you can be one, thanks to the folks at ME3D. These lifelike three-dimensional color printed personal replicas come in a variety of sizes. Every member of your family can now be the super-hero they’ve always wanted to be. Located in the Grandstand, lower level, in the southeast section.
By Rachelle Gordon