about 50 years ago...

Founded in 1973, Fresh French Fries has been serving delicious, fresh-cut fries at the Minnesota State Fair for over 50 years now. Our first name is Fresh, and that's our top priority! We only use homegrown, Minnesota potatoes from Big Lake, picked just days before they are cooked. Our commitment to freshness has made us a beloved institution at the fair, and we're proud to continue serving you the Best French Fries in America.

Over the years, our operation has grown from small, street-side portable booths to much larger, permanent buildings containing state-of-the-art equipment. As our buildings grew, so did our extended FFF family. Today, we have employees whose parents once worked for us, and we've become an essential part of the fair's community.


We've seen many changes over the years, from new booths and a new generation of FFF family members to many new things at the fair. But one thing that has never changed and will never change is the way we cook our fries! We've been serving pure "Freshness" for over 50 years now, and we promise to continue serving you the best fries for many more to come.

Here are some facts about our "Fresh" operation:

  • During the 12 days of the Minnesota State Fair, we go through approximately 7 semi-trailers of potatoes, adding up to about 400,000 pounds of spuds!
  • We use 3,000 gallons of oil, about 23,000 pounds, and 25,000 pounds of ketchup during the fair.
  • All of our potatoes are grown at Hayes Farm in Big Lake, Minnesota.
  • Fresh French Fries has been voted "Best French Fries in America" by Gourmet Magazine.
  • National French Fry Day is July 13th every year!
  • We employ over 100 employees at both of our locations for the 12 days of the fair.
  • 100% of our excess oil, cardboard, and food is recycled and/or reused.
  • Fresh French Fries is committed to giving back to the community. Every year, we donate to local charities and organizations.

We're also happy to announce that Fresh French Fries is gluten-free and kosher-certified! After the spuds are washed, peeled, and cut, they're cooked in gluten-free and trans-fat-free vegetable oil, then topped with a light dusting of salt. Ketchup and vinegar are available for dipping your delicious fries!




Thank you for visiting our History page, and we hope to see you at the fair soon!