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At the ND State Fair, vendors compete for bragging rights during Food Frenzy



Minot, North Dakota – Visitors have learned to expect the meals at the North Dakota State Fair.

The fair’s vendors engage in a friendly “Food Frenzy” competition each year to see who has the best sweets.

Each year, vendors enter in the hopes that one of their most delicious offerings will reach the winner’s circle.

Best beverage, sweet treat, inventive item, and savory taste are the four categories.

With their Lingonberry Lemonade, Old Tyme Kettle Corn took first place this year.

With their classic Windsor waffle, Windsor Waffles took home the top prize.

The flounders’ kraut balls took first prize. And Sue Sue’s Concessions’ bacon-wrapped chicken on a stick took first place.

Tom Ross, the mayor of Minot and one of the judges for this year’s Food Frenzy, was interviewed by Your News Leader.

“This is going to be exciting. The list of food that we get to try and taste it’s, you know, just being a part of a team that’s doing this, man, it’s gonna be fun, and this is really, I mean, to do it on the first day of the fair. We’re excited,” said Ross.

Every year, the competition gets more intense.

They received eight more entries this year compared to last.

The registration form for fair food vendors is included in their welcome packet, and the due date is often around July 1.