State Fair Staple Hamline Church Dining Hall in Danger of Shutting Down

September 12, 2018 06:48 PM

A staple of the Minnesota State Fair is in jeopardy of shutting down. 

The Hamline Dining Hall is one of the oldest spots at the fair. But now they need to raise $25,000 to make sure they're up and running next year.

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The hall had a great fair, but they hobbled along with what they call ancient kitchen equipment.

KSTP At the Fair

Last summer, after 50 years, the kitchen dishwasher went out. This year, all the commercial ovens stopped working.

Now the beloved fair eatery is reaching out for financial help to keep them in business for a 122nd year.

"We have around 30 different menu items and everything from the burgers to the ham loaf to the meatballs, they require lots of different specialty equipment to get those prepared," Peter Stitzel with Hamline United Methodist Church.

RELATED: 50 Years at the Fair: El Sol Mexican Foods Marks Milestone

The church donates its fair proceeds each year to charity. 

In the days after the fair, fans have already donated just over $4,000. To donate, click here.

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Lindsey Brown

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