2018 August – Fair Food on a Stick

“Not since the cavemen have humans eaten so much food on sticks.”

Vintage State Fair Poster

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s State Fair time. IT IS STATE FAIR TIME!!! Yes, I’m yelling … because I am just SO excited I can hardly STAND it! The list of new foods came out not long ago and I can’t wait to stroll down Dan Patch Avenue, collect freebies, and stuff my face with 10,000 calories while running into 250,000 of my closest friends on the hottest day of the summer. That may sound horrid to you but it is seriously some of the most fun anyone can have all summer long.

The Great Minnesota Get Together is unlike any other in the country. Since 2012, the pop-news website Buzzfeed has featured the Minnesota State Fair on their website every year … even giving out the 32 reasons why it’s the best state fair in all the land back in 2013. We may be the butt of several Hollywood movie jokes … but the joke’s on the rest of the world when it comes to who reigns supreme in the state fair department!

Now … mayyyybe you’re not into crowded spaces … or maybe you’re not into five-digit-calorie-consumption-in-one-day style eating … and maybe when it’s hot you’d rather be cooling off in a swimming pool … fine. But at least just lie to me and tell me you aren’t going to be in Minnesota for the 12 greatest days of the summer, ok? However, perhaps you’d like to bring some of the state fair excitement home to your family and friends. Now we’re talkin’!

GTS (Google That Stuff!) some free printables of coloring book pages online (or use the idea we’ve linked below), round up differently colored and shaped seeds, and grab some glue off the school supplies sale shelves for your neighborhood kiddos so they can compete in their very own seed art contest! Hand the men each a one-pound block (not sticks!) of butter and a paring knife and have them get to work on carving the faces of their favorite Dairy Princesses (ahem … their WAGs!). Gather up the neighbors and all the musical instruments everyone has tucked away in their attics and toy boxes … together there’s no doubt you can’t hammer out a tune or two … especially after a visit to Jerry’s Wine and Spirits to stock up and recreate your own Minnesota State Fair Craft Brewers Guild Home-Edition. Set up all the kids’ John Deere, CAT, and International Harvester toys in one of the front yards and designate it Machinery Hill. Channel your inner Marjorie Johnson and have a baking contest between houses – let the kids pick the theme and the ladies can judge. And finally … the food. THE FOOD! We’ve got to talk about the food.

One of the most notable things about the Minnesota State Fair is how many different foods you can find on sticks – everything from corn dogs and deep fried candy bars to mashed potatoes and tater tot hot dish. After all, they really are the perfect fair food utensil. I mean … you’ve been touching all kinds of biohazards all day between the carnival games and the ride turnstiles … touching your food when you brought your smallest handbag and forgot your hand sanitizer at home it’s high on my list of things to do and I’m betting it’s not on yours, either. As such, to complete your state fair party theme, you’ll need plenty of offerings on sticks to really drive the theme home. And sure … there are the old standbys like corn dogs and cotton candy … but why not try your hand at something new? A quick trip to Jerry’s Foods will have your State Fair theme party feeling like you’re in the middle of Falcon Heights, no matter where you’re celebrating.

Crowds and heat and gluttony may not be for everyone, though the fun of the Minnesota State Fair is something everyone can look forward to … even if it’s right in the middle of your neighborhood cul-de-sac!

Pizza on a Stick

Ingredients and supplies

  • 8oz. Italian turkey sausage links
  • 2c. whole fresh mushrooms
  • 2c. cherry tomatoes
  • 1 medium onion, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 large green pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 30 slices turkey pepperoni (2oz.)
  • 1 tube (13.8oz.) refrigerated pizza crust
  • 1½c. shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1¼c. pizza sauce, warmed
  • Ten skewers
  • Cooking spray


  1. Preheat oven to 400°. In a large nonstick skillet, cook sausage over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. When cool enough to handle, cut sausage into 20 pieces. On ten skewers, alternately thread sausage, vegetables, and pepperoni.
  2. Unroll pizza dough onto a lightly floured surface; cut widthwise into 1-in.-wide strips. Starting at the pointed end of a prepared skewer, pierce skewer through one end of dough strip. Spiral-wrap dough strip around skewer, allowing vegetables and meats to peek through. Wrap the remaining end of dough strip around skewer above the first ingredient. Repeat with remaining dough strips and prepared skewers.
  3. Arrange skewers on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake 10-12 minutes or until vegetables are tender and pizza crust is golden. Immediately sprinkle with cheese. Serve with pizza sauce for dipping.


Hot Dog on a Stick

Ingredients and supplies

  • 8 hot dogs
  • 4 slices American cheese, each cut into 6 strips
  • 1 can (8 oz) refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
  • 8 wooden corn dog sticks


  1. Heat oven to 375°F. Slit hot dogs to within ½-inch of ends; insert three strips of cheese into each slit.
  2. Separate dough into triangles. Wrap dough triangle around each hot dog. Place on ungreased cookie sheet, cheese side up.
  3. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.
  4. Insert one stick in each crescent dog.


PB&J on a Stick

Ingredients and supplies

  • 2 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches
  • 4 wooden skewers (5 to 6 inches)
  • Fruit of your choice, cut and/or rinsed


  1. Cut sandwiches into 1-inch squares.
  2. Alternately thread fruit and sandwich squares onto each skewer. Serve immediately.


Salad on a Stick

Ingredients and supplies

  • 2 carrots, thinly sliced diagonally
  • Cucumber, thinly sliced diagonally
  • Half head iceberg lettuce, cut into 2½-inch chunks
  • 1c. grape or cherry tomatoes
  • 4 long wooden skewers
  • Blue cheese dressing, for serving


  1. Thread the carrots, cucumber, lettuce and tomatoes onto skewers, alternating the vegetables.
  2. Refrigerate; serve with dressing for dipping.


Free coloring book printable