How corn king conquered State Fair

  • Article by: MIKE HUGHLETT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 31, 2011 - 2:51 PM

Once State Fair officials lent him an ear, Brad Ribar's corn stand became one of the fair's sweetest food success stories.

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derfuhrerAug. 31, 11 4:58 AM

WEll written and interesting!!

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orr333Aug. 31, 11 8:48 AM

Good story. I always wondered how many ears they went through. The piece about getting kicked out makes me think about the guy from Porky's Delight that did just that. He undoubtedly had the best pork chops but got greedy and lost. I'd rather have a medium sized stand and do the business he did than get kicked out and have nothing!

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mickeymantleAug. 31, 1111:08 AM

The corn stand is a success in part because of the corn hybrid that is sold. Very high quality sweet corn developed through natural selection. And who doesn't like the melted butter. Can't wait to get over there.

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bond007xzAug. 31, 1111:31 AM

The focus of the article was on money. I grew up thinking the State Fair was a celebration of the state of Minnesota and its people. Obviously, it has become a celebration of making money in 12 days.

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katnllcAug. 31, 1111:42 AM

"I grew up thinking the State Fair was a celebration of the state of Minnesota and its people" Waaaay past time to grow up...

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joeyj420Aug. 31, 1111:53 AM

I would hope they rake in money hand over fist. How much does a cob of corn cost? In some Southeastern Minnesota cities they literally give away free corn on the cob for their fairs (up to like 8 or 12 cobs per person). You can get them for like 10cents at the grocery story. I would hope 300 or 400% markup in cost would make you successful in business.

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shoebaccaAug. 31, 1112:02 PM

What a great story about someone realizing their dream. I also appreciate that Ribar is educated & did his homework; he didn’t just stand around, whining for a hand-out. (I don’t see this as just a story about money; as I appreciate seeing the dollar figures associated with the fair that many of us are curious about). Neat that his grandpa worked the fair & that Ribar also met his wife there. That corn is delicious & I wish him great success always. (He gets my money every year). :)

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highlife75Aug. 31, 1112:02 PM

One of my favorites, appears I am not the only one. Glad his risk and effort paid off.

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shushyn78Aug. 31, 1112:35 PM

For those that have never had sweet corn grilled over a fire inside the husk it is amazingly good. Tricky to keep from over or undercooking it, but when done right with butter, salt or pepper it is very tasty.

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tbot2000Aug. 31, 11 2:03 PM

agreed shushyn, its the best grilling or camping food, ever.

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