Pronto Pup celebrates 65 years at the fair

At the Minnesota State Fair, the hungry masses have more than 500 food choices, but there is always a line at the Pronto Pup booths. The iconic fair staple – a hot dog, dipped in batter, fried and put on a stick – has not changed since its fair debut in 1947.
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Despite all the new fair food debuting this year, and all sorts of wild competition, one vendor at the Minnesota State Fair draws a faithful following year after year. The Pronto Pup is now celebrating its 65th year at the great Minnesota Get-Together, WCCO reports.

Greg Karnis, whose father launched the iconic fair staple in 1947, now runs eight Pronto Pup booths at the fair. “We go through 25 tons of hot dogs, about 115 tons of batter,” he said.

In other fair news, the stabbing at the fair Sunday night was an extremely rare incidence of violence, the Star Tribune reports. On a typical day, 225 officers patrol the grounds, the newspaper says. The State Fair police department has written about 501 reports in the first five days of the fair, and just four of them were fights or assaults.

On a frothier note, the Land Of 10,000 Beers exhibit is exceeding expectations, WCCO reports. More than 20 brews made in the state are available. Minnesota's fast-expanding craft beer scene is askin to an awakened sleeping giant, says Dan Justesen, vice president of the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild. The exhibit is in the Agriculture/Horticulture building.

Fans of '60s music enjoyed a nostalgia-fueled revue at the grandstand Monday, the Pioneer Press reports.

As fairgoers know, the event isn't cheap. Looking to save a few bucks? KARE 11 has some tips on how to enjoy the fair on a budget.

KARE also has a story about a 95-year-old woman enjoying her 81st fair:

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