It’s time for my annual recap of our trips to the fair. We did opening day a little differently than most years where we all have the day off and go together. One big difference this year is that I no longer have a parking spot on the St. Paul campus which meant a different way to get to the fair. And I didn’t have enough vacation days to take the opening day off. Instead, hubby and Miss M met each other at the fair and I met up with them a few hours later.
All the lots had filled up by before noon I believe but I know there is a first wave of people who went to the fair early and after lunch, they were ready to head for home. I timed it perfectly and found a parking spot about 3:00 on opening day. And the bus came five minutes later. On other trips we weren’t as lucky and had to wait for a bus for about 30 minutes once. Taking the bus is a great option for us as there are many lots nearby to park for free and the bus takes you to the fair for free. We even tried a different lot this year because we had volunteered for a 2 hour stint at my new department’s tables at U of M Central in the Crossroads building. And that was a Sunday which meant that all the church lots around us didn’t open until 1:00 and we had to be there at 11:00 so we parked in another lot not owned by a church. It went amazingly well :)
We had lots of fun at the fair again this year. Great food, great company, great art and great stuff in the agriculture building, as usual. Fantastic crop art again this year and you’ll see some of that in my galleries below. We saw some animals and old tractors too.
For the floral displays in the center of the agriculture building this year was a theme of “Minnesota Grown”. Here’s the wording from the fair’s website:
This year’s floral extravaganza features large-scale handcrafted and personalized designs created by local florists to celebrate the lives of iconic “Minnesota Grown” hometown legends such as Judy Garland, Charles Schulz, Prince and others.
I really enjoyed this year’s floral extravaganza. I actually never knew it was called an extravaganza. The things one learns. Below is a gallery of those displays. I loved it so much I had to take a second and third look. See what you think.
this and one other spun around and you look through kaleidoscopes, cool!
Prince display occupied the center
Wizard of Oz
F. Scott Fizgerald
Next, some scenes at the fair:
long line for apples, Ag building
Champion Sugar Beet, Ag building
mushrooms, Ag building
cactus, Ag building
serious learning going on, U of MN building
we love pronto pups
random band playing
never saw these crochet displays before, Creative Activities building
Elvis in crochet, Creative Activities building
sky ride, early morning
random beauty at the fair
random wood sculpture
Another great year for art, both in the art building and the crop art in the agriculture building:
Stan Lee, crop art
Frida Kahlo, crop art
Apollo 11 50th anniversary, crop art
Political crop art
interesting crop art
Ruth Bader Ginsberg, crop art
Albert Einstein made out of folded up magazine pages
Prince made out of folded up magazine pages, art building
First Avenue panorama, art building
First Avenue close-up, art building
To end, here are some antique machines and some animals that we saw:
Woo hoo! It’s time for my annual post about the Minnesota State Fair!
We always go to the fair opening day and it seems every year it feels more crowded. I checked out the fair’s website and found some interesting numbers. I wasn’t imagining it. Each year on opening day for the last two years the attendance increased. Between 2017 and 2016 it was almost 6,000 higher! There were three record-breaking attendance days this year, the most record breaking days in three years. Plus, this year’s total attendance is the highest ever, another record broken. So, yes, there were lots more people at the fair this year.
No matter, we still enjoy it and this year was no different. I went twice. Opening day was fun but by 1:00 it was getting too crowded so we called it quits early. For my second visit, I met hubby there one late afternoon from work the following week. I park my car like I’m going to work and walk on over to the fair. Very easy!
On opening day we headed over to Minnesota Public Radio after breakfast and were treated with a handshake from our governor! He went one by one in the small crowd and shook each of our hands. He commented how brave Miss M was for wearing short sleeves as it was in the upper 50s at that moment. So that was fun! We also saw Al Franken posing for photos with a constituent.
Governor Mark Dayton
Al Franken and a constituent
The agriculture building is a must for me for each visit. Some of the exhibits change every other day so it’s worth it to see other types of flowers when you can. First some crop art:
MN State Fair-RESIST(crop art)
Our senator Al Franken
Still mourning the purple one-MN State Fair(crop art)
In the next gallery is a little bit of everything else that I saw in the ag building:
the largest gourds-MN State fair
wedding place setting
autumn place setting
part of Alice in Wonderland display
part of Alice in Wonderland display
part of Alice in Wonderland display
bees making honey
hubby being a good sport
random flower display, 2nd visit
Make America Grate Again scarecrow
is that spoon and fork new this year or have I never noticed?
And then some other scenes at the fair:
Live performance by Romantica at MPR
funniest thing I saw this year: several official selfie spots in the pavement
result of one of those selfies
art building – ewie
art building – Bruce Nygren(MN State Fair)
from the sky ride
different kind of geese
different kind of duck
lambs at rest
another llama-MN State Fair
I hope you’ve enjoyed this year’s tour of the Minnesota State Fair. I’ll be back soon with a few more travel adventures. I hope you’ll come along!
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