#SaveTheCurds falls short, original cheese curds stand won't be at the Fair

The Original Deep Fried Cheese Curds stand and State Fair are officially moving on.

It's official. The Original Deep Fried Cheese Curds stand won't be at the Minnesota State Fair this year.

The owners of Original Deep Fried Cheese Curds decided to retire, hoping to pass the stand onto their son, Tom Mueller. But this spring, State Fair officials said they couldn't do that. The State Fair's general manager has a different take – saying the original owners never indicated they wanted to pass the space down.

The entire thing sparked a petition and push from Mueller to get the fair to change its mind, but on Tuesday Mueller wrote his family's stand won't be returning to the get-together.

Mueller thanked everyone for trying to #SaveTheCurds, and said their hard work gave him the chance to meet with Fair officials last month. However, the officials said they didn't have the authority to reverse their decision, Mueller wrote.

"This journey has been a long, drawn out process that leaves me disappointed with the Fair’s management. I am especially saddened at the lack of transparency in their process and decision-making altogether," Mueller wrote.

Mueller did say he'd like to carry on the tradition "somehow, somewhere," so if anyone has ideas, they should email originalcheesecurds@gmail.com.

No specific vendor is replacing Original Deep Fried Cheese Curds, but the Fair did tell WCCO Big Fat Bacon will be moving into the cheese curds stand's space on Dan Patch Avenue.

The Original Deep Fried Cheese Curds stand announcement came on the same day the State Fair announced the 31 new foods that'll be at the fair this year, which includes a new cheese curd vendor that'll serve curds in three flavors.

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