Fair State's big kid getaway is in its second year. The first year was a bit of a test run.
"It started because, a couple years ago, we were going to All Pints North, the beer fest in Duluth," says Davin Haukebo-Bol, member coordinator at Fair State and, for a portion of the year, camp director of Camp Fair State. "Our president, Evan [Sallee], suggested we rent a big campground and have a campout with our members."
Transportation concerns waylaid that plan, but it was the seed of what became the first year of Camp Fair State in 2017.
There were 50 campers at the Mighty Axe Hop Farm in the first year. It was a little barebone compared to this year's plans, even if everyone had a damn good time. The camp is moving from a farm to an actual camp. Up to 150 campers will be in cabins at YMCA Camp Miller in Sturgeon Lake, Minnesota. It's the sixth-oldest camp in the country.
"We're scaling up across the board," Haukebo-Bol says. "Rahr Malting is coming and overseeing a lot of the beer-themed stuff. There's a homebrew session where folks can come in, know nothing about homebrewing and leave ready to get started on their first batch. For more advanced folks, Rahr is sending one of their people to talk about different mashing techniques."
There will also be an expert on-hand talking about the aromas and taste of various malts.