Guessing most of you know that we always go to the state fair. Every year, without fail. And now that I think about it, this is one thing I will really miss when I leave Minnesota. A wonderful treat every year. Although this year we noticed it was a bit more crowded. The attendance numbers seem to go up each successive year. Hubby went to the fair while I was in California over Labor Day weekend and he said it was the most people he’s ever seen there! Indeed, that was the record breaking attendance day this year with just over 260,000 fair goers. I’m glad I missed it.
Coming up are this year’s favorite photos from the fair. I hope you enjoy!!
First up, various scenes at the fair.
Bruce Nygren, hubby’s favorite artist in the fine arts building
first time ever watching a horse competition
We always visit the agriculture building:
This year’s crop art had many Prince tributes. I think the Prince crop art overtook the political art this year. We sure miss our native son rock/pop star:
Crop art at the fair featuring Prince
Dig if you will(crop art at MN state fair)
hopefully Elizabeth gets to keep her birth control
Crop art: I’m so sorry Mr. Khan :(
the new world order: fascism I guess!!
This last gallery displays something that I imagine has been at the fair the entire time we’ve been going (about 25 years). We decided to take a short cut and ended up going through this very interesting log cabin. It’s directly across from the agriculture building and it never beckoned to us. And now I’m at a loss a little bit to explain what this is exactly since it’s been almost 3 months since I took these photos. As near as I can remember this is a replica of a type of cabin the earlier pioneers in Minnesota would have lived in. It’s a museum with items from daily life from those days. These are the folks that lived in Minnesota before it became a state in 1858. Oh, ah, I did find this link with a bit more information in case you’re interested.
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.
a simply decorated Christmas tree
it smelled like Christmas in there
a wall of plates, not sure what it was about
Make a wish foundation display
another interesting plant
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.
an actual wedding proposal in crop art. how clever and I think she said yes <3
there’s always some political crop art
crop art is 50 years old-MN state fair
and the conservatory is 100
the squirrel is by an old co-worker. I couldn’t get close enough to get a better photo.
RIP Mr. Spock
RIP Joan. You were one of my faves.
Gotta check out the animal barns.
a row of cows
big boar’s measurements
if you touch the animals, they advise you to wash up before you leave the barn
And the rest are scenes from another great state fair. It was fun! See you next year!
fun dancers at DNR bandstand
the democrats corner
with my favorite presidential candidate
look! Barack and Michelle came to our fair too! and they brought their dog Bo.
princess butter sculptures
a live princess gets sculpted
random beautiful flower
best thing at the fair this year: Charanga Tropical
Charanga Tropical, all of them
from the sky ride-MN state fair
watching the skyrides go by from below
decoratives made out of spoons? not sure how well they were selling but they sure were interesting!
at least we have a friendly greeting along that long walk back to the parking lot