We Minnesotans love our annual get-together.
And here's some good news: Other people like it too. They like it a lot, actually.
The Huffington Post put together a list of the top 10 state fairs in the country this past week, and the Great Minnesota Get-Together came in No. 4. They write:
"Sprawling collections of livestock barns display the prime agricultural output of the American Midwest, while the swathes of food stalls and classic cotton candy outlets provide revellers with a traditional taste of Minnesotan fair fare. Visitors are also treated to a variety of shows and performances, ranging from the State Fair Talent Contest to the iconic five kilometre milk run around the university campus."
Iowa, Wisconsin and New York's state fairs get higher billing according to Huffington Post
But Huffington Post is not the only list-maker out there. Here's a rundown of some other publications, and why they love the Minnesota State Fair.
The popular website of course mentions the Great New York State Fair, and the California State Fair where you can try out for "Wheel of Fortune." But it closes out its list with flyover country, and the Minnesota State Fair.
Why should you go, the site asks? Well, the Miracle of Birth Exhibit is a big reason, as "fairgoers can watch the birthing of 200 calves, lambs, goats, and piglets.
"Fun and awkward questions for the whole family!"
Not only that, a poll at the bottom asking for readers' favorite state fairs gives Minnesota the nod with 30 percent, edging out Texas (27 percent) in a five-location race.
Alright, so Buzzfeed doesn't really rank the fairs. What they do do, however, is give Minnesota its own place to shine with a list of "32 Reasons Minnesota Has The Greatest State Fair In The Country."
On that list? Carved butter faces, Machinery Hill, lumberjack challenges, awards such as "Best Udder in Show," and of course, "Deep fried everything."
Many of the same suspects dotted the Forbes list, with Minnesota and New York both serving as the grand finales (New York got the edge it seems).
The site highlights the Adventure Park, the amateur talent contest, and of course the food. Like the others on the list, Minnesota's fair is one of "the biggest and boldest of those old-fashioned celebrations, where you can count on midways, livestock fairs and contests that revolve around stuffing your pie hole."
It's not too surprising the Minnesota State Fair would do well on a site called Country Living. It picks up the "Best Educational Exhibits" award, thanks to its "astonishing variety of activities sure to delight children." It continues:
"Along with the usual 4-H contests and FFA shows, visit the Miracle of Birth Center, where some 200 animals are born during the 12-day fair ... [And] the All-You-Can-Drink-Milk booth, where a buck buys unlimited moo-juice, proves a crowd-pleaser for all ages."
The television station is drawn to the Minnesota State Fair's musical lineup and live events, highlighting the "entertainment that ranges from country music legend Alan Jackson to stock car races to the ever-popular live broadcast of Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion.
The 2014 Minnesota State Fair runs Aug. 21 through Labor Day.