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By: Matt Hickman on Aug. 23, 2011, 7:49 a.m.
man holding spaghetti and meatball dinner on a stick

Photo: Minnesota State Fair

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Spaghetti and meatballs on a stick

Where: The Minnesota State Fair, St. Paul

When: Aug. 25-Sept. 5

The Minnesota State Fair, one of the country’s largest, is (in)famous for its numerous, mostly nauseating supper-on-a-stick offerings (alligator sausage, pork chops, butterscotch cake and on) but none is perhaps more perplexing than the sloppy-sounding spaghetti and meatballs on a stick. Here’s how this unorthodox Italian-American dinner-on-the-go is prepared: Cooked spaghetti is mashed up with “meatball mix,” formed into a sizeable ball, garlic-battered and deep-fried. A wooden stick is inserted, and the giant meaty lollipop is then served hot with a side of marinara sauce. If it’s regional-specialties-on-a-stick that you’re after, not Italian, you can also find hotdish on a stick at the Minnesota State Fair, although deep-fried lutefisk on a stick appears to be a no-go. Thank goodness for that.