An Open Letter to the Minnesota State Fair

Re: The Original Deep Fried Cheese Curds
Written by Tom Mueller, Mueller Family

CAN YOU IMAGINE a Minnesota State Fair without cheese curds?

Neither can I, but that’s how it was before my family fried up the very first batch there in 1975.

Now fairgoers eat more than 2.6 million cheese curds every year!

It’s a tradition we and our employees are proud of starting and one we’d love to keep up from our booth on Dan Patch.

Tom Mueller (smiling) working the booth in the 1980s.

Unfortunately, you’ve decided we can’t do that.

You wrote to me April 5 — more than a year after I submitted my application to continue running our family’s stand— and said that closing our business and forcing us off the fairgrounds “is in the best interest of the State Fair and fair guests.

Our sales represent roughly 20% of all cheese curds sold at the fair and our employees and customers alike return year after year, so I don’t know whose best interest you have in mind.

I don’t think this is right and I want you to reconsider.

I’ve heard from thousands of people through social media, online petitions and personal letters, encouraging me to continue our family tradition so they can continue theirs.

Dick, Donna and Tom Mueller

That’s why I’m asking the Minnesota State Fair, General Manager Jerry Hammer and Deputy General Manager Jim Sinclair to work with me to find a way to stay.

I want the Original Deep Fried Cheese Curds to be at the Fair this year and into the future — for our loyal customers, our employees and the thousands of people who are asking you to #SaveTheCurds.


Tom Mueller

AND TO ALL the lovers of cheese curds, state fair traditions and doing the right thing:

If you feel like we do, please take a few seconds to let the fair and its managers know.

Here are three ways you can help:
1. Let the @mnstatefair know on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook that you want to #SaveTheCurds!
2. Sign the petition and join more than 1,500 other people who want us to stay at the fair.
3. Email to let him know we have your support. We’d tell him:

#SaveTheCurds by working with the Original Deep Fried Cheese Curd booth so it can stay at the fair. I disagree with your decision to close it — it’s not fair, it’s not nice and it’s definitely not how the Great Minnesota Get-Together should treat a longtime fair family.

Thank you and we hope to see you at the Fair this summer!

Want to know more? Email us at and follow us on Twitter @MNcheesecurds.

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