The State Fair's Original Deep Fried Cheese Curds stand is closing

Celebrity chef Andrew Zimmern is among those reacting with appropriate horror.

It's the end of an era at the Minnesota State Fair. It's the end of the Original Deep Fried Cheese Curds stand.

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The stand's decision to close was revealed on Thursday on its Twitter account, bringing an end to 42 years of business in the distinctive yellow stand on Dan Patch Avenue.

Dick and Donna Mueller, who opened the stand with the Skarda family in 1975, told KARE 11 it is time to hang up their aprons with Dick having recently turned 80, saying: "We just decided our health isn't going to let us do this. You're talking 16-18 hours a day and at that age it just had to be done."

They had hoped to pass the stand on to their son, but State Fair officials told them this wasn't an option. Deputy fair general manager Jim Sinclair told the TV station that stands transferring businesses to others has become a rare occurrence in recent years and in this case, the fair wants to look in a new direction.

That's not to say there won't be any cheese curds at the State Fair, but the Original Deep Fried Cheese Curds stand held a particular place in fair-goers' hearts.

The news has been met with the appropriate levels of horror from, among others, celebrity chef Andrew Zimmern, who in his most recent State Fair food guide said they were the best cheese curds at the State Fairgrounds.

Others have been posting messages to the stand on its Facebook page, with everyone pretty bummed about it.

"This is a very sad day to learn the stand is closing," TK Krueger wrote. "I got my first taste of a cheese curd at an early age in the 80s. Thank you for your many years of service and nothing will ever compare. Enjoy your retirement!! If you ever want to share the recipe for personal home use, I wouldn't object to learning!"

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