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Nice weather helps get Minnesota State Fair off to great start


Great weather, tasty new food choices, a trio of comic veterans from "Saturday Night Live," a new butter sculpture and a disappearing governor were among the highlights of the first day of the Minnesota State Fair Thursday in St. Paul.

The Duluth News Tribune reports that the new Princess Kay of the Milky Way, MarJenna McWilliam of Winger, took refuge from the sun and temperatures in the low 80s outside by sitting in 40-degree temps in a cooler for six hours. It was McWilliam's first official duty as state's new dairy ambassador, as an artist sculpted her likeness out of a 90-pound block of butter.

Meanwhile, the state's leader, Gov. Mark Dayton, hid his likeness under a pair of sunglasses and a visor. The Star Tribune posted a Vine video that shows how unrecognizable Dayton was at the fair with his head gear.

The food, of course, was a big hit at the fair Thursday, as 43 new delicacies were introduced, KARE 11 reports. Among the new offerings were deep-friend, wine-flavored meatloaf and a grilled, glazed doughnut.

Also melting fairgoers' taste buds was a new, mini-doughnut flavored ice cream, WCCO-TV reports.



The Heavy Table also offered up reviews in their State Fair food tour.

Kicking off the State Fair Grandstand entertainment Thursday night were three comedic veterans of "Saturday Night Live." The Star Tribune reports that Dana Carvey, Dennis Miller and Kevin Nealon kept the crowd laughing for two hours with separate sets, and then appeared on-stage together for a question-and-answer session.

The Pioneer Press has a slideshow of the comedians in action on the Grandstand stage. The paper's review of the show says Carvey was the standout of the show with "song, stories and sharp-eared impersonations."

In the "not live" department, Minnesota Public Radio offered up photos of various inanimate objects at the fair opening day.

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Opening day at the fair started off a little bumpy with a brief ride malfunction and lower attendance at the pig barn after the Swine Flu virus raised cause for concern. Day two kicks of with the Governor's Fire Prevention Day and Alan Jackson performs at the Grandstand tonight.