This is our favorite time of year at Concordia. The campus is full of excitement for the new academic year to begin. Dining Services and the campus coffee shops open up again and Orientation is about to kick off. We can’t wait to welcome our new students.
Every year at this time though, we also start to get hungry for food on a stick. And riding a burlap sack down a giant slide. And hanging out with friends and alumni at the Great Minnesota Get-Together.
It’s State Fair season!
This year we sent our mini-mascot Niblet to scope it out and send us some State Fair recommendations.
Corn on the Cob
The corn on the cob at the State Fair is second only to those delicious golden ears served at the Concordia Corn Feeds. (It’s OK to eat corn cobs, as long as they don’t have arms and legs and faces like Kernel and I do.)
The Giant Slide
You don’t even have to be into rides to like this one. You grab a burlap sack, walk it up the stairs and glide down a giant wavy slide. So simple, but such fun!
Concordia College Booth in the Education Building
Stop by to see some fellow Cobbers, learn what’s new at the college, take some selfies with our photo props and get some exclusive swag. (Be sure to let them know if you’re a prospective student, current student, or alumni!)
I love checking out the Eco Building to learn new ways to conserve energy, lead a more sustainable lifestyle and find out what’s new in green technology.
Sweet Martha’s Cookies
Almost nothing is more satisfying that warm chocolate chip cookies and an ice cold milk. At Sweet Martha’s, you’ll be tempted to buy a whole bucket overflowing with cookies … no matter how small your party is. It’s a bit of a splurge, but it’s worth every gooey bite.
Ye Old Mill
Ye Old Mill has been a part of the State Fair for more than 100 years. The quiet boat ride through darkened canals is part romantic, part strange, and part magical. You definitely need to experience this State Fair staple at least once.
Climb the DNR Fire Tower
If you’re not afraid of heights, that is. While you’re there, check out the observation ponds to get an up-close look at fish native to Minnesota waters.
Space Tower Sights
Take a ride to the top of the 330-foot Space Tower to get a 360-degree bird’s-eye view of the fairgrounds and the city. Makes for great photo ops.
Yes, corn again. It’s such a classic, and this might be my favorite fair food on a stick. There are corn dog stands all over the fair, so you’ll easily run into one no matter where your favorite attractions are located.
I have to keep my distance from even the littlest of baby animals (corn is corn to them), but they are so cute! Visit the CHS Miracle of Birth center to see baby animals up close. If you’re lucky, you may even get to see a calf being born!
There are so many things to love about the Minnesota State Fair. Here are a couple more of my favorites:
Honey Bee Exhibit (and honey samples!) in the Agriculture Building
Watching the daily parade
Meeting Princess Kay of the Milky Way
Hope to see you there!
Laura Caroon '06 is a content strategist at Concordia College.