One of the things I enjoy most about the Rice County Fair is there are a lot of local food vendors on the fairgrounds in Faribault.

The variety is good also.  Fair Secretary John Dvorak told me they try not to have too many food booths in an effort to have all the vendors enjoy a profit from the event.

I stopped out Monday night while a lot of people were still getting set up to examine just how many of the booths are local.

By local I mean RIce County.  If I missed any here in my picture taking I did not do so on purpose.

The Rice County Dairy Association Malt truck was not set up yet so you can add that to the local list.  My favorite malt is strawberry.

You can never go wrong with the Cardinal Cafe sponsored by Bethlehem Academy School in Faribault or the 4-H Food Stand sponsored by all the various Rice County 4-H Chapters in the county.

There is a great variety of food and drink items for purchase in both stands.

The Rice County Pork Producers Association features pulled pork sandwiches, pork chop on a stick and other pork products.

Rice County Pork Booth at Fair in Faribault. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld
Rice County Pork Booth at Fair in Faribault. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld
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To the west of the Pork Booth is I believe the oldest continuous stand to be at the RCF Kathy Heise's Popcorn and Cotton Candy.

Cotton Candy and Popcorn Booth at Rice County Fair Faribault. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld
Cotton Candy and Popcorn Booth at Rice County Fair Faribault. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld
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East of the Pork Booth is St. Luke's Church stand which has varied their menu over the years.  Typically they have had some delicious desserts.

St. Lukes Food Booth Rice County Fair Faribault. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld
St. Lukes Food Booth Rice County Fair Faribault. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld
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Bauer's delicious home recipe Root Beer and of course Root Beer Floats are especially delicious when it's warm at the fair.  What a great way to cool down.

Bauer's Root Beer Stand at RCF. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld
Bauer's Root Beer Stand at RCF. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld
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Schroeder Concessions based in Faribault travels all over and has multiple booths at the Minnesota State Fair each year.  They have a few different offerings at their hometown fair also.

Schroeder Concessions Faribault at Rice County Fair. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld
Schroeder Concessions Faribault at Rice County Fair. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld
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To the west of the Schroeder stands is Farmer's Delights of Faribault which has a variety of treats including an awesome Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich.

Farmer's Delights Food Stand RCF Faribault. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld
Farmer's Delights Food Stand RCF Faribault. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld
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Across from Farmer's is a long time vendor at the Rice County Fair Temple Concessions with their famous Cheese Curds, Fried Pickles and Corn Dogs.

Temple's Concessions Fried Pickles, Cheese Curds, Corn Dogs. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld
Temple's Concessions Fried Pickles, Cheese Curds, Corn Dogs. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld
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To the east of Temple's stands is the Godfather's Pizza Truck with a Godfather's Restaurant in Faribault.

Godfather's Pizza Truck at RCF Faribault. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld
Godfather's Pizza Truck at RCF Faribault. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld
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Lopez Concessions began in 1969 with their Mexican offerings.

Lopez Concessions at RCF Faribault. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld
Lopez Concessions at RCF Faribault. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld
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A relatively new truck is the Last Chance BBQ Shack to the west of the Lopez stand.

Last Chance BBQ Shack RCF Faribault. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld
Last Chance BBQ Shack RCF Faribault. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld
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The newest local food choice at the Rice County Fair comes from the Depot Restaurant with their Depot Rock Island Food Caboose.

Depot Food Caboose RCF Faribault. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld
Depot Food Caboose RCF Faribault. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld
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The Beer Garden at the Rice County Fair is always run by a local organization.  Approximately half of the food vendors in Faribault area locally based.

Rice County Fair Beer Garden. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld
Rice County Fair Beer Garden. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld
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