Bacon ice cream, Elvis sandwich, anyone?

Published 11:56 am Saturday, August 25, 2012

Column: Aymee Hanna, From the Fair

Aymee Hanna

So, here I am. It’s Thursday and it’s the first day of the fair! Upon entering the gates, I had to remind myself of the No. 1 rule: Never, ever eat whatever food you buy alone, you must share it! At a place where you can gain a pound just by smelling the air, you need to be careful of what you eat, especially if you want to try a variety of what the fair has to offer. Some new foods this year include bacon ice cream (really?), Spaghetti Eddie’s Super Stick (basically pizza dipped in batter and fried), red velvet funnel cakes (this one I will be trying) and quite a bit more. The most outrageous food I’ve encountered — and am not brave enough to try — is  Duke’s Poutine. What’s that you ask? Well, I have to warn you, it’s not healthy. It’s French fries topped with gravy and cheese curds. I cringe at the thought of how many hours in the gym it would take to work that off, but hey, do not let me discourage you from trying it. It is the fair after all.

My mission like I said in my last column was going to be to try the Elvis Presley Grilled Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich. I have to say, I get it. Elvis, they gave you the title “King” for a reason. This is absolutely a must have! (Hey, it has peanut butter and bananas in it, it’s got to be healthy, right?) Needless to say, I did not forget my No. 1 rule. My husband works here, he’s my tag-team partner and today was no different. My best advice for you when you come to the fair is make sure you have your own tag-team partner. (I usually make my tag-team partner eat just a little bit more then half. I feel better that way.)

A recognizable vendor to our area, Spam, was at the fair. -- Aymee Hanna/For the Albert Lea Tribune

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I logged six miles Thursday so, so far I think I’m doing pretty good. I usually go in about twice a day, but the day has ended with a hail storm so I think I am in for the night. Friday however, should be a new day. Day two I will be hunting down the dairy farm. I want to see the newly crowned Princess Kay of the Milky Way’s head getting carved out of butter. Yes, the fair has it’s own royalty, and this year her name is Christine Reitsman. It’s true, she really does have the honor of having her head carved out of butter. Curiosity has the best of me, I have to see this.

I’m signing off for now.


Aymee Hanna is an Albert Lea resident and will be reporting from the Minnesota State Fair.