It’s not just food that ups its game each year. Minnesota makers work all year to produce goods for the Great Minnesota Get-Together. I have included my picks for fair favorites and a few making their debut (*).
It’s not a trip to the State Fair without a visit to the world of Adam Turman. Adam’s signature style can be seen on murals throughout the Midwest. His take on fair favorites, local landmarks, icons, and this place we call home reminds us that life should be lived in bold color. His fair collection is the perfect keepsake for the memories we hold so dear to the fair.
With more than 20 years in the culinary industry, Tom Dokman has a love for cooking and food that has deepened his experience, from butcher shops to fine dining. All that experience led him to launch his own spice company with his wife, who shares his passion for home cooking. Today, they are “bottling up” their culinary know-how, resulting in signature blends.
Bailey Builds debuts distinctive wood creations at the fair. Anna and Nathanael Bailey craft distinct pieces of wood art from reclaimed wood in their Duluth woodshop that happens to be in a former funeral parlor. I previously wrote about Bailey Builds for Midwest Home in 2018, noting that the pieces they create have a modern feel with a weathered wisdom and charm that only time can bring out. The sharp lines and variegated textures produce one-of-a-kind pieces. Anna’s eye for beauty in the discarded has defined the style of all that they do.
Back in the grandstand, Create Laser Arts is an artist-run studio that creates art objects, jewelry, and home goods for daily life. Specializing in laser technologies within the tradition of handcraft, they strive to make objects that are functional, aesthetically pleasing, and joyful. They are also dedicated to using reclaimed and sustainably sourced materials from local businesses.
It’s Lauren VanScoy’s third year at the fair, proving that even the pronto pup crowd is looking for a bit of peace. Essence One is dedicated to bringing awareness to mental health and wellness while presenting a line of all-natural aromatherapy products. From her own experience with anxiety and depression, Lauren has built a brand that aims to relieve and renew and give us a bit of grace in our hectic days.