Scene at the fair

Portraits of being together again

All the faces and families at the State Fair carry stories. Photographer Richard Tsong Taatarii explores those stories through portraiture.
Arivia and Jeremiah Morgan have been married for five years and just got vaccinated at the Minnesota State Fair in Falcon Heights, Minn., on Aug. 30, 2021. $100 each for getting the vaccine did not hurt. Both consider each other their best friend and enjoy vacationing together especially the Caribbean.
Brandon Supernaw, 49, of Bass Lake, used to come to the fair because his in-laws lived here but now he is just a big fan of the Minnesota State Fair in Falcon Heights. He has been growing his beard since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic and manages to keep it neat in spite of being a fan of the Big Fat Bacon. Photo taken on Aug. 30, 2021.
Patty McGuire is a grandmother of ten who insists on quality time with her grandchildren by taking each one to the fair on a different day in Falcon Heights on Aug. 30, 2021. This was the day for Jayden McGuire, 11, who enjoys eating cheese curds. Patty’s favorite fair food is corn.
Sparkle Jones, 30, took a break from selling entry tickets to enjoy some French fries at the Minnesota State Fair in Falcon Heights on Aug. 30, 2021. The 13-year veteran says her favorite food at the fair is strawberry shortcake.
Brothers Justin and Lucas Walker, 45 and 43, left and right, enjoy coming to the Minnesota State Fair together as part of their annual ritual in Falcon Heights on Aug. 30, 2021. Justin was checking out new snow plows on Machinery Hill for his snowplowing business.
Breanna Johnson and her 2-month old daughter Avery found a cool spot to rest at the Minnesota State Fair in Falcon Heights, Minn., on Aug. 30, 2021. Johnson has been working at the Fair for the past 10 years but decided to take her day off to enjoy it with her children.
Jasmyn Wolsfeld, 17, and her sister Kayla, 21, of Fridley, Minn., left and right, love people watching at the Minnesota State Fair in Falcon Heights, on Aug. 30, 2021. Some of their favorite foods include Australian potatoes and turkey legs.
Jennifer Frias is a cook at Taco King who loves making food that people rave about at the Minnesota State Fair in Falcon Heights, Minn., on Aug. 30, 2021. She normally works as a bar manager in Inver Grove Heights.
Eaman Soheir, her mom Elbatiti, and her sister Mona, left to right, enjoyed coming back to the Minnesota State Fair in Falcon Heights, on Aug. 30, 2021. They lived nearby when the girls were children. They now live in New Berlin, Wisconsin.
Brian Nelson, 19, of Ogilvie, Minn., enjoys “all the food” at the fair except for the gluten free options which he suspects do not taste very good at the Minnesota State Fair in Falcon Heights, Minn., on Aug. 30, 2021.