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Wow! Just when you thought the South Metro could not get any better, one prominent Dakota County city has put itself on the map–again–and this time it’s not only for hosting one of the most amazing county fairs the world has ever seen. You guessed it people, Farmington has the distinction of being the first town in Minnesota and only the third nationwide to have a festival in honor of the soybean!
In an article which appeared in a recent edition of the Star Tribune one Farmington business owner, who also happens to be the Minnesota Soybean Festival chairperson and co-owner of one of the most amazing business ideas ever known to man–Buds and Bytes (believe it or not this is not a cannabis coffee shop)–had this to say about this amazing event:
“Everybody does a corn festival, you know. We need to have festivals and events that are specific to things that are special about Farmington.”
Oh down hare in Farmengten we jus gots da only soybean fields in the state? Yah, we’re real proud of dem beans and all dat comes wit ‘em. Because witout dem govermedt subsidees we’d have to, ya know, grow and market real crops which would actually benefit our city, county and state. But den we wouldn’t get to give da mayor of Farmengten our versen of da golden showar doncha know.
The town was in a tizzy over the event listing which included: guessing the number of soybeans in a jar, numerous “undiscovered” bands and even a Prettiest Pod Pregnancy Photography Contest where amateur photographers were asked to submit pregnancy photos for a vote. Rumor has it that the winner of each category won a year’s supply of edamame and the opportunity to have a night out in downtown Farmington with the Minnesota Soybean Queen!
So, did you attend the Minnesota Soybean Festival festivities last weekend? If so what did you think? I couldn’t really get a feel for what happened based on their website or Facebook fan page as the photos provided showed very few people and very few events aside from two pictures of children throwing soybeans in the air. Do you think that Farmington really needs another festival when it has the Dakota County Fair and Scottish Highland Games? Whatever you have to say about the Minnesota Soybean Festival in Farmington go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear what you think.