The Minnesota State Fair announces 35 new merchandise vendors for 2018, bringing the total to 793 places to stop and shop. Want oil for your beard? How about some ostrich or kangaroo jerky? Or 14 flavors of SPAM? Maybe Meet a Judge for court information. These are a few of the new vendors promising a unique experience while at the Fair.

Six new vendors are added to the Fair’s Home Decor & Upcycled gifts category for 2018.

Vintage bluetooth suitcase speakers are one of the items made by The Vintage Tin, booth #298 in the Grandstand. The Vintage Tin also sells:

  • furniture made of reclaimed farm and auto parts
  • gas and oil can lamps
  • metal horseshoe art and decor
  • gas and oil can chairs
  • tractor seat bar stools
  • railroad spike art and license plate coat racks

The Vintage Tin sits on 10 acres of land in Minnesota where they craft their items, says their website.

The other five new Home Decor & Upcycled Gifts vendors include:

  • BadAss Sign Co.: Handcrafted wood, metal and 3D lighted marquee signs
  • Create Laser Arts: Laser-etched wood coasters, Minnesota-shaped ornaments, cheese boards, boxes, bowls and earrings
  • Kountry Kutt: Handmade home décor, paintings, wall furnishings and seasonal crafts
  • Montana Furniture: Handmade wood rocking chairs, lamps and tables
  • Yardbird: Outdoor patio furniture, tables, chairs and couches

Gadgets & Hobbies: 5 New Vendors

  • Cooper & Kid: Activity kits for kids and dads to do together, mailed every three months
  • Niagara Cave: Interactive gemstone mining experience, gem and fossil bags, agates, jewelry, geodes, rock candy and more
  • St. Croix Saddlery: English equestrian apparel, boots, tack, riding equipment, totes, equestrian therapeutic products, horse treats and more
  • Vibes: High-fidelity earplugs to lower the volume of music and work environments, while maintaining sound quality, for people with sensitive hearing
  • Williams Magic: Magic kits, joke items and magic trick demonstrations

Beauty Care, Gifts & Foodie Fun: 9 New Vendors

  • Essence One: Minnesota-shaped soaps, plus beard oils and more handcrafted with natural ingredients and essential oils
  • French Nugget Company: Lavender sachets, essential oil, mists, dried flowers, Herbs de Provence and more
  • Gunpowder N Gloss: Country-themed lip gloss, lipsticks, false eyelashes, hats and apparel
  • Jan’s Clay Flowers: Hand-painted, hand-sculpted decorative flowers made from handmade clay
  • iJerkyGuy: Pre-packaged, all-natural jerky (beef, ostrich, kangaroo, alligator and more) in a variety of flavors
  • LipSense by SeneGence: Variety of lipsticks and other makeup products
  • Pony-O: Unique patented hair-styling accessories
  • SPAM Tiny House: Branded T-shirts, caps, sunglasses, can coolers, flip flops and 14 flavors of canned SPAM
  • Urban Undercover & TowelTopper: TowelTopper to keep towels in place, plus travel apparel and accessories

Threads & Accessories: 6 New Vendors 

  • Belt Bonanza: Adult and children’s belts designed from seatbelts in a variety of designs, including Disney and superheroes Crowned Crow: Repurposed leather bags, belts, flannel vintage shirts, T-shirts, skirts, key fobs, hats and wrist cuffs
  • Great Lakes Clothing: Lake-inspired apparel, eyewear, coasters, purses, tumblers, prints and more
  • Rough and Tumble Vintage: Handmade and dyed textiles and clothing for men and women, ceramic jewelry and a variety of accessories
  • Sparkle Ridge: Western horse show clothing, cuff and collar sets and more
  • Whatnot Boutique: Denim, jackets, dresses, tops, ponchos, scarves, jewelry and more

Home & Garden Solutions: 5 New Vendors

  • Anywhere Fireplace: Indoor and outdoor ventless gel fuel and bio-ethanol fireplaces, garden torches and home décor fire elements
  • Cabrio Structures: Patented independently moving retractable roofs and opening-wall patio systems
  • Florian Tools: Florian Rachet-Cut pruning tools, gloves, sharpeners and more
  • Reface Experts: Kitchen cabinet refacing and kitchen remodeling
  • Tie Boss: Easy tie-down and lift system for securing boats, canoes, bikes and fishing equipment

Out & About: 5 New Vendors

  • Medica: Information about Medica health insurance
  • Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors: Information about the home-buying and selling process, neighborhood markets and realtor careers
  • Minnesota IT Services: Information about state technology, cyber security, digital accessibility, state websites, careers and more
  • Minnesota Judicial Branch: Meet a judge or justice and get information about our state court system and no-cost legal services
  • University of North Dakota: Information about UND programs and reciprocity for Minnesota student

The Fair runs Aug. 23 through Labor Day, Sept. 3.

(photo: Minnesota State Fair)



About Barb Teed

Barb has a M.A. in Liberal Studies from Hamline University, St. Paul, Minn., a B.A. in Media Studies from New School University, NYC., and Associates of Arts degree in Anthropology from Normandale Community College, Bloomington Minn. I was born in Duluth, Minn.