Sweet Martha's optimistic despite 2020 Minnesota State Fair cancellation

Sweet Martha's
Photo credit Entercom/Al Schoch

Not having the Minnesota State Fair because of the coronavirus pandemic is heartbreaking to many. 

For some, cancelling the Great Minnesota Get-Together for just the sixth time in its history appeared to be the most sensible decision.“I sometimes look at pictures of the people that are standing around waiting for cookies, and I go, ‘how can we social distance this?’”

The words from Martha Rossini Olson, who’s been coming to the Minnesota State Fair since she was a little girl, and hasn’t missed a day since 1979. You know her by one of the most recognizable names in the history of the Great Minnesota Get-Together. She is Sweet Martha and her name is a staple to the Great Minnesota Get-Together.

This year, Sweet Martha's won’t be producing their typical quota of three million cookies a day. 

“Safety, I think, is number one,” she told WCCO’s Susie Jones. “It’s got to be.”

Sweet Martha’s Cookies regularly is among the top food vendors in terms of sales at the state fair. Paper cones and plastic buckets overflowing with chocolate chip cookies fresh out of the oven have regularly brought in more than $4 million over the fair’s 12 days.

“All I can say is, 2021 will be the best-danged fair we ever would have,” she said. “Because we’ll be so excited to get back, and you know, absence makes the heart grow fonder. We’ll be ready, and rarin’ to go.”