After a 30-year run as a State Fair staple, Granny's Kitchen Fudge Puppies won't be at the Minnesota State Fair this year.
Granny's Kitchen made the announcement on Facebook:
Dear loyal fans, It hurts me to announce that after almost 30 years of persistence to bring a new product the world that due to health reasons I won't be able to continue the State Fair. I had always wanted to pass the baton to Karla, my loyal deserving employee who has been with me around 18 years.
Unbeknownst to me the State Fair has changed the rules and you have to move to a new spot if you switch ownership. Our big stand was specifically built for that spot and we bought enormous extra electrical boxes because the bakers take so much electricity. We have no plumbing because we've been allowed to use the Food Building facilities all of these years. To build up a new trailer for our exact needs and the size it would take is just too cost prohibitive. There's also the unknown of how much business Karla would lose by being forced to move to a new location. Thanks so much for all your well wishes and support all of these years. Thanks to my wonderful, loyal, and hardworking employees, and finally thanks to the State Fair for allowing me to be a part of the Great Minnesota Get Together for all of these years. Love to all. I'm going to miss seeing all of your beautiful places.
Since the announcement was made, there's been some drama between Granny's Kitchen and the Minnesota State Fair. When Bring Me The News reached out to the State Fair for comment, they said in a statement, "It became very challenging to move forward with the potential new license holder due to the previous owner's continued involvement."
The State Fair's statement also noted they would revisit the application for 2020 and beyond.
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