There will be at least six new on-a-stick snacks joining the Minnesota State Fair lineup when the fair opens next week, according to a list released Thursday.
After munching through the Breakfast Lollipop (a sausage patty dipped in corn muffin batter, deep fried, and served on-a stick), chocolate-covered jalapeno peppers on-a-stick, Northwoods Salad on-a-stick (mozzarella cheese, basil and grape tomatoes with wild rice salad), or pizza kabobs on-a-stick, fairgoers will have options to participate in the new giant karaoke-style sing along or watch rescued animal shelter dogs perform in the new Doggies of the Wild West frontier-themed stunt show.
State Fair admission costs $9 in advance or $12 at the door. New this year, all active, retired and veteran U.S. Military Service members will be admitted to the fair for $7 on Aug. 30 for Military Appreciation Day. The discount will extend to immediate family for active military members.
The full list of new State Fair exhibits and attractions:
Giant Sing Along: A karaoke-style field of microphones open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for public participation. The Giant Sing Along is a public art installation created by a pair of Montreal-based artists and will be located on Murphy Av. across from the Pet Center.
Doggies of the Wild West: Free admission at noon, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. daily, just east of Heritage Square. A comedic frontier stunt show featuring animals rescued from shelters.
Flippenout Extreme Trampoline Show: Located at the X-Zone at Murphy Avenue and Underwood Street, shows starting at noon, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. daily
Lost Heroes Art Quilt: Created by Julie Feingold, the quilt honors fallen Americans since 9/11. The quilt has been on a two-year journey around the country and will be in Washington, D.C. on the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11. On display from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily in the Lower Grandstand.
History Walking and Cell Phone Tour: Prizes will be available to those who complete the self-guided tour, at the J.V. Bailey House and the Minnesota Historical Society booth at the Grandstand. Hear the sounds of past fairs on the cell phone tour by calling (877) 411-4123.
100th Anniversary of the State Fair Fine Arts Show: This year's theme is "Marking Time: Looking Back at Minnesota Artists and the Juried Exhibition."
Fair-Well-To-Summer Dance Party: 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday Aug. 27 at Carousel Park for teens and young adults to dance to DJ Mad Mardigan and DJ Dudley D.
New rides: The Fireball, Rave and Tango at Mighty Midway; Cars, Motorcycles & Dune Buggies, Daytona, Dog Ride, Hog Wild, Kiddie Fun House, Jungle Twist and VW Bugs at Kidway; The European Maxxx Super Flyyy at Adventure Park.
New competitions: Percentage Simmental, ShorthornPlus and LimFlex added to the open class beef judging category; vegan main dishes are a new category in the Creative Activities competition.
New food vendors: Pham's Deli, T-Bonz Concessions, Minneapple Pie, Spring Grove Soda Pop, Starberi Frozen Yogurt, and Chan's Concessions.
Full list of new food items:
The Breakfast Lollipop (a sausage patty dipped in corn muffin batter, deep fried and served on-a-stick with a side of maple syrup)
Carnitas Asian Fusion Tacos (pork carnitas served on a flour or spinach tortilla topped with cabbage and a mixture of cucumber, jalapeno and red pepper, and topped with Asian sauces)
Chocolate-covered jalapeno peppers on-a-stick
Coushari rice with lentils (rice and lentils with Holy Land sauce, served with a side of pasta or fried onions)
Crab fritters (crab meat, Caribbean herbs and spices with veggies, deep-fried into a firtter, served with southwest dipping sauce)
Deep-fried cookie dough
Dirt Dessert (Oreo cookies, vanilla pudding, whipped cream, cream cheese and gummy worms)
Fresh fruit wraps (sliced fresh fruit wrapped in a soft tortilla shell with sweet and creamy cheese spread)
The Grilled Yankee Apple Pie & Chocolate Sandwich (Minnesota-grown apples sauteed with spices and topped with chocolate, grilled in Brioche bread)
Jamaican jerk fries
Mexican Horchata beverage (cold drink made of rice, almonds, cinnamon, vanilla and sugar)
Northwoods Salad on-a-stick (mozzarella cheese, basil and grape tomatoes on-a-stick drizzled with dressing and served over a bed of Minnesota wild rice salad)
Pizza kabobs on-a-stick
Pretzel dogs (a hot dog baked in pretzel dough, served on-a-stick)
Southside Rib Tips
Sweet corn ice cream (cream-based ice cream blended with sweet kernels and served in a waffle cone with a choice of wild blueberry or caramel bacon topping)
White Razzie Puppies on-a-stick (Belgian waffles with white chocolate baked inside, then dipped in dark chocolate and drizzled with raspberry sauce).
Chow Fun and other Vietnamese fare at Pham's Deli
T-Bonz Concessions with grilled chicken pita and Italian sausage sandwiches
Minneapple Pie specializing in homemade deep-fried apple pie served hot with vanilla or cinnamon ice cream
Spring Grove Soda Pop with old-fashioned soda in eight flavors
Starberi Frozen Yogurt serving premium low-fat frozen yogurt
Chan's Concessions offering teriyaki chicken on-a-stick served with fried rice, egg and spring rolls
Ball Park Cafe will offer 12 craft beers, including local selections from Surly, Summit asnd Liftbridge.