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Minnesota State Fair Affair! Spread the Word! Our Senator is Coming!

March 9, 2011

I’m incredibly excited to announce to all of you that the Minnesota State Fair Affair (a collaboration between the folks you see on the right side of this site, MN Culture Club, and MN State Fair Day) has just confirmed that current US Senator from Minnesota, Al Franken, will be joining us for a wonderful day of fun on March 20th at the Bell House.

Here’s the updated poster, followed by the press release! I can’t wait to see you all there!


Minnesota State Fair Affair in NYC

The Bell House Hosts the “MN State Fair Affair (in NYC)” in Gowanus, Brooklyn

(MN Senator Al Franken to Attend) – March 20, 2011

The Bell House in Gowanus, Brooklyn in association with Minneapple in the Big Apple, Minnesota Culture Club, and Minnesota State Fair Day in NYC are proud to announce the re-creation of the world-famous Minnesota State Fair, in New York. Misplaced Minnesotans, the Minnesota-curious, and all lovers of fun and food are warmly invited to enjoy a day of Midwestern cuisine, Minnesotan entertainers, trivia, a food-on-a-stick competition (with $100 grand prize), and schmooze with Minnesota’s honorable Senator Al Franken.

As part of The Bell House’s ongoing series of State Fairs (Colorado and Texas recently completed their festivities), the Minnesota State Fair Affair is bringing the joys and memories of The Great Minnesota Get-Together to Brooklyn, in a Sunday gathering of nostalgia and fun. The Minnesota State Fair is often regarded as one of the largest and most well attended state fairs in the country. This “re-creation” will feature Minnesota’s brother-sister comedy duo John and Molly Knefel, Radio Happy Hour host Sam Osterhout, and music by DJ Cherry Spoon (aka Anne Szustek). Fair goers will enjoy a variety of imported Minnesota beers and will be well fed by the renowned Mexicue food truck (Minnesota owned) which will be offering ‘Mid-wexican’ cuisine to complement Minnesota-owned Cake & Shake food truck’s traditional state fair treats.

The event will also feature a very special appearance by Minnesota Senator Al Franken who will be judging the food-on-a-stick competition and sharing his reflections of growing up in Minnesota and his memories of the Minnesota State Fair. Sen. Franken, a former comedy writer, author, and radio talk show host, was elected to the Senate in 2008 as a member of the DFL (Democratic-Farmer-Labor) Party from Minnesota.

The Minnesota State Fair Affair will take place from 3-7pm at The Bell House in Gowanus, Brooklyn (149 7th Street, 11215). The food-on-a-stick competition will begin at 3:30pm followed by entertainment. Admission is free. Must be +21 to drink. (More information and updates can be found at Please send an email to if you’d like to participate in the food-on-a-stick competition.)


About The Bell House

In the Fall of 2008, a 1920’s warehouse was converted into The Bell House. Called “a welcome oasis” by TimeOut, The Bell House is a magnificent two-room music and events venue located in the Gowanus section of Brooklyn. The Main Room boasts 25-foot wooden arched ceilings, a 450-square foot stage, and unobstructed views from any part of the room. The Front(ier) Room comfortably holds 150 people and serves a wide variety of local and independent drafts, top-shelf bourbons and an assortment of signature cocktails. It is also home to local and homegrown favorites and nationally-known djs. The Front(ier) Room is open 7 nights a week, from 5pm to 4am.The Bell Houseinfo@thebellhouseny.com718-643-6510

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