It’s natural to feel conflicted when the Minnesota State Fair rolls around. There’s excitement, as the festival is an opportunity to gorge on fried foods and sweets, with plenty of fun things to do and explore, plus usually at least one must-see concert to get excited about. However, soon the weather will change, the school season will begin, and beer on a patio will be an impossibility. It’s best to enjoy things while they last. This year’s new food and drink offerings include nacho corn on the cob, naan tacos, Red Bull slushies, and dill pickle beer. Be sure to take a spin on the joyful rides in the Mighty Midway, pet the gentle farm animals, wander through the art exhibits, and take in live music in the Grandstand and on a slew of free performance stages (the Pointer Sisters and George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic are heading to Leinie Lodge). There will be freebies to score from various vendors, contests to enter, and people to meet. Chat up a local politician at their booth, or make new friends while standing in line for the hottest new food offering. More info can be found at www.mnstatefair.org.