Minnesota may not have the biggest or oldest State Fair in the country. But it definitely has the quirkiest. THE FAIR captures this celebration of Midwestern eccentricity in all its glory. You can witness "The Last Supper" or Prince rendered in dried corn and peas; gawk at the "Biggest Hog in the World;" eat 28 different kinds of food-on-a-stick; and see the pièce de résistance — the Butterheads. Each day of the fair, one of twelve "princesses" representing the State's dairy industry sits in a 38-degree revolving refrigerated booth while her head is carved in a 90-pound block of Grade A butter. It is a uniquely American experience.
Originally featured for the PBS series "LIFE 360," the film was produced by Steven Okazaki and journalist Peggy Orenstein, a native Minnesotan (during twelve days of filming, they subsisted solely on food-on-a-stick). It is an affectionate portrait of Midwestern life which is so often either ignored or mocked in the media. It's also good, high-cholesterol Minnesota-style fun!
A FARALLON FILMS production
Produced by Peggy Orenstein and Steven Okazaki for LIFE 360
2002 / Documentary / 8 Minutes