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The Minnesota State Fair kicks off Thursday, August 26th for the first time in two years up at the fairgrounds in Falcon Heights. And with it comes one of the age-old questions: What's the difference between a corn dog and a Pronto Pup?

One of the more iconic Minnesota food items the Great Minnesota Get-Back-Together sells is the Pronto Pup. Which sure looks a lot like a regular corn dog. Which, of course, you can also get at the State Fair.

Are you a Pronto Pup supporter or are you on Team Corn Dog? Just what's the difference between the two anyway?  Well, according to this Star-Tribune story, it's all in the ingredients that make up the batter that surrounds the hot dog. And, it's not as simple as that old wives tale about the Pronto Pup not having cornmeal, while the corn dog does.

The story says that the Minnesota State Fair version of the Pronto Pups, do, in fact, contain cornmeal. But they also contain a few other ingredients that your 'regular' corn dogs don't.

"There’s also corn flour, as well as wheat and rice flours, which give it a more grain-forward taste. There’s only a dash of sugar, unlike the sweeter corn dog crusts. And the sausages inside the savory breading are blended fresh in Wisconsin," the story noted.

The story also went on to say that while the Pronto Pup can be found at other fairs and festivals across the country, it was invented here in Minnesota, and made its first appearance on the midway, way back at the 1947 State Fair. Which makes it a true Minnesota original that is, in fact, different than a corn dog.

So that answers that. And if our recent uptick in COVID cases is causing you to stay home this year, never fear-- because there we've found a recipe that will allow you can make your OWN Pronto Pup right there at home. And, if you ARE going to the State Fair, keep scrolling to check out all the new exhibits, events and attractions as well as all the new foods that you'll be able to find this year!

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New Foods at the Minnesota State Fair in 2021

WARNING: Drooling may occur while viewing these food photos. The great Minnesota get-together is back in 2021 and this year, they are already teasing our taste buds with photos of all the new foods that will be offered at the Minnesota State Fair. If you are ready to have your stomach growl, scroll through the pics below.

Minnesota State Fair New Attractions & Exhibits for 2021

Let's take a look at what's new for the 2021 Great Minnesota Get-Together