State Fair Food Vendors Are Setting Up Stands In Parking Lots After Event Cancellations

Kelly Allen

From Delish

As with essentially every other exciting summer staple, the coronavirus pandemic forced the cancelation of some state fairs this year. That’s not stopping fair food vendors from dishing out their iconic eats, though. Vendors in the Midwest have taken to parking lots to serve their loyal customers.

Fair vendors who typically serve up their grub at the Minnesota State Fair are setting up shop in parking lots across the Twin Cities, greater Minnesota, and even into Wisconsin, CBS Minnesota reports. There’s even a group on Facebook called Minnesota State Fair Food Finder, which is a public group that already has 34,000 members, that shows a map of where fairgoers can seek out their favorite vendors. Some of the parking lot booth lines are even longer than they typically are at the Minnesota State Fair, according to the site.

Other state fairs in the Midwest including Wisconsin, Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, and Ohio have been canceled this year. For some states, like New York, cancelation decisions haven’t been made quite yet. Other states, including Washington and Kansas, do plan to re-open their state fairs with added safety precautions or as drive-thrus.

Honestly, if 2020 doesn’t see a single state fair (you know, when a second wave of coronavirus cases hits), all parking lots should be turned into mini fair food destinations. There's a certain kind of comfort in eating cheese, bacon, or cookie dough on a stick that everyone could use right now.


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