The hands that feed us: Workers at the Minnesota State Fair

(Photos by Jennifer Larson)

Every year crowds of people head to the Minnesota State Fair, thinking about the food they'll eat, the rides they'll take and the people they'll watch. But how often do we notice the people who make this whole thing happen? From the people who make and serve us the food, to the ride operators, to the folks who clean up after us — who's working behind the scenes at the fair? This photo essay is just a start in telling the story of the many people who work behind the scenes to give us the Minnesota State Fair.

  • I am so with you on this one. I have such respect for the people who work at the Fair, and it's a cast of thousands. The administration/coordination of all the people employed by the Fair must be a huge job. And they are in the offices we don't see. Or buzzing around on carts. Thanks for this view of the Fair. - by Debra Fisher Goldstein on Thu, 09/04/2014 - 9:11am
  • Great idea! Great photos. - by Barb Teed on Fri, 08/29/2014 - 6:38pm
  • This a great article and very interesting topic that isn't often discussed. Thanks for sharing! - by Cirien Miriam on Sun, 08/31/2014 - 9:19am
  • Wonderful glimpses of the people that make the fair go! Thank you. - by Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew on Sun, 08/31/2014 - 6:56pm

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Jennifer Larson

Jennifer Larson is a Seward-based graphic designer and photographer (and resident).