I was born into a family bursting with creativity. (Lucky me, I know!!) I got to grow up watching my grandparents make spoon rings and wooden bead earrings, watching my mom and aunts make handmade magnets and ornaments and jewelry, and all my cousins make jewelry and other fun stuff. Of course I had to get in on the fun :)
All year each of us would carry on with our own art, and then, for 12 glorious days at the end of each summer, four generations of Simonsons would come together in our family booth at the Minnesota State Fair. 45 years and counting.
Like so many Minnesotans, this will be our first year in forever with no State Fair. August is typically a month filled with making and prepping and excitement, gearing up for 12 non-stop all-day-fair-days packed with laughter and food and more food and a few tears and so many memories. Like so many Minnesotans, we are heartbroken to miss out on the Fair.
But I know it's the right thing to do, and it's been pretty cool watching the Fair come up with fun ways to keep the Great Minnesota Get Together spirit alive. From food truck parades to drive through fair experiences to hosting an online virtual marketplace (yay!!). It will definitely be different, but uniquely Minnesotan. And we Minnesotans are Very Good at being uniquely Minnesotan, so I'm kind of excited about it all <3
And while we won't have our dollar earrings available this year, I'm honored to be able to share my little corner of our family booth with you here. Welcome <3 Honored to be representing our family in the State Fair Online Marketplace!!
- In honor of the state fair, save 10% site-wide with code STATEFAIRSPECIAL through Labor Day 2020 - just copy and paste that at checkout :)
- I recommend checking out all our Minnesota art here
AND my cousin Andrew is here to meet all your spoon jewelry needs (yes, needs), including spoon rings, earrings, bracelets, and necklaces. Reach out to him for custom orders at firstname.lastname@example.org
And be sure to follow Simonsons' Jewelry on FB for updates on next year's fair - we can't wait to see you :)
Booth selfies from last year :)
Sometimes we have some fun with our merch :)
For a nostalgic look back on the Simonson family's first 40 years at the MN State Fair in Heritage Square: https://juniperandspruce.com/blogs/juniper-spruce-blog/remembering-heritage-square