Having Taea Made handmade pieces at the Minnesota State Fair this year was definitely a highlight of my summer! When Lacey of Piccadilly Prairie asked if I’d make some items for her booth at the Fair, I was ecstatic. According to the MN State Fair website, over one million seven hundred seventy-nine thousand visitors attended this year. With high attendance like this every year, I couldn’t wait to have so many people see my products!
This summer I attended the MN State Fair for the first time, and it did not disappoint! There was so much to see, do, and eat. I especially enjoyed seeing the Piccadilly Prairie booth. Lacey did an amazing job of putting her whole booth together. Everything included in it flowed really well, and you could tell that she had spent a lot of time preparing her displays in advance.
What did you most enjoy about having a booth at the MN State Fair?
It was awesome to be a part of something that's known & loved by everyone in the Midwest! It was amazing, while working the booth, how many people came by that I knew...for such a widely attended event, it has a real community feel.
How long did it take for you to prepare to have a booth at the Fair?
Well, surprisingly, I only found out in mid-June that we would be at the Fair! And, I already had a trip planned to Europe for the month of July... So, I had about 6 weeks over the summer to get ready! Fortunately, I had a number of fantastic artists & makers -including you!- that contributed their lovely works, and that really helped with the preparation.
What focus did you have when you were curating the items to include in your booth?
I wanted to split the offerings into half vintage and half handmade items, so there was something for everyone. I also wanted a heavy focus on Minnesota and midwest-themed items...so we had many handcrafted items with state shapes, as well as vintage souvenir collectables.
What should people who've never been to the MN State Fair be sure to see on their first visit?
My favorites are the West End Market (where we are) and the International Bazaar. They have the best shopping & really great food! I also love seeing a show at the Grandstand...there's nothing like sitting under the stars and listening to one of your favorite artists perform...
Do you have a favorite food on a stick from the Fair?
Of course! It's the Buffalo Shrimp skewer at Cafe Caribe... And the not-on-a-stick favorite? Minne-Apple-Pie (or Minne-Pumpkin-Pie), both delish!!
Do you have any unique experiences from the Fair to share?
This was my first year, so the whole experience was an experience! I'm really looking forward to next year, when I can build on what I've learned and take our booth to the next level!!
Thanks, Lacey, for asking Taea Made
to be included in your booth at
the MN State Fair!
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5014 Xerxes Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55410
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