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The great Minnesota get-together 2015 version

If you’ve been following my blog you probably know that we always go to the Minnesota State Fair, affectionately referred to as the great Minnesota get-together.  I was about to say this year was no different.  Well, it was no different in that we went to the fair as is our tradition. But this year was a little different because we decided to park on campus at the University of Minnesota. I have a parking pass because I work there.  For the past I can’t remember exactly how many years, we have been doing the park and ride.  We park at the high school and a bus eventually takes us to the fair. The last several years have been challenging because there are never enough buses first thing in the morning and it takes 40 minutes to go a few miles.  So, yes, let’s try something new and park at the U!

It worked great!  Oh, except that it was much more walking.  The U only allows you to go into the newer gate which is several blocks from my parking ramp.  So that part wasn’t so great especially at the end of your day and you cannot walk another step. However, on opening day we took the sky ride from the south end of the fair to get us closer to the parking ramp instead of walking across the fair again.  That worked great.

Below are several galleries of my visits to the fair this year.  I hope you enjoy!!

Let’s start in the agriculture building. A must every year and we usually go more than once.

The crop art display is also an annual event. We never miss the crop art. And this year I went twice because after we viewed the art on opening day I learned that someone I knew had an entry!  So I had to go back and get a photo of it.  But the second time I went it was crowded again and I couldn’t get a good, close shot.  Here are some of my favorites this year.

Gotta check out the animal barns.

And the rest are scenes from another great state fair.  It was fun!  See you next year!

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Minnesota State Fair 2014

Also dubbed the great Minnesota get together, it’s held every year the 12 days prior to and including Labor Day here in the great white north.  Our tradition has been to go opening day and then once or twice more.  This year was a bit different as I was not able to join hubby and kidlet for the usual visit first thing in the morning due to my new job.  Instead hubby and kidlet went without me and they got their hands stamped so that they could return with me after I was off of work later in the day.  Oh and kidlet got her braces off in between too.  Her teeth look great!!  It was definitely worth it!

I didn’t take as many photos this year due to not returning for a second trip.  Hubby and I had planned to go together the last weekend but I had to bow out because I stubbed my toe so badly that my foot got swollen and I could barely walk.  I was bumming because I really wanted to see the dahlia display in the Agriculture building.  However, I do have some great photos that hubby took when he went without me.  I hope you all enjoy the photo tour of this year’s fair.  Next year I will see the dahlias in person!

Up first, the crop art photos that I took:

The rest of the photos are the ones that hubby took.  Here are some from his first trip on opening day:

A bit of explanation for those that might not be aware….there are all kinds of foods on a stick at our fair. Every year there is a list of the new foods on a stick to try. So, the booth with the original eraser on a stick is a play on that.

In closing, please enjoy hubby’s photos of the dahlias I could not see in person.  He did a great job!

 

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