Yesterday I went to the Minnesota State Fair with my little sister, Ashley, from Big Brothers Big Sisters. We marched in the parade with a bunch of bands and other local groups. Ashley found one of her friends and the group of us ended up hanging out all day long.
Big Brothers, Big Sisters marches in the 2010 Minnesota State Fair!
Ashley and Gang with the Fresh French Fries mascot
We ate so much food! Seriously, I could have bought theater tickets for what I spent on food yesterday. Here’s the list of things that the six of us ate throughout the 10-hour day:
- French fries
- Deep-fried alligator bites
- Corn on the cob
- Famous Dave’s BBQ pork sandwich
- Lemonade, frozen lemonades, lemonade slushies
- Kettle corn
- Pretzel with nacho cheese sauce
- Foot-long corn dog
- Caramel apple
- Cherry snow cone
- Root beer
- Cheddar cheese curds
- Ocean Spray pomegranete-blueberry juice
- Curly fries
Man! It was a snacky, nibbling sort of day, and we didn’t all eat everything on the list, but that’s still a lot of food!
The Minnesota State Fair is kind of huge, perhaps bordering on gigantic, and maybe – dare I say? – ginormous. Click on the picture below for the full-size image.
We did our darndest to see as much as we could! We visited the Miracle of Birth Center and the Sheep and Poultery barn. We sat in on the live audience of the KSTP Channel 5 4:30pm newscast with Megan Newquist. All six of us were on TV (in one of the panning camera shots), and Ashley got Megan’s signature.
Ashley and her friend with KSTP meteorologist Chikage Windler
We walked by the Midway, the Kidway and Adventure Park. We walked through Machinery Hill and Heritage Square. We saw the skaters and BMXers at the X-Zone, petted the dogs in the Pet Center and walked through the Grandstand vendors area. We visited the Eco Experience building and the Fine Arts building. We rode the open-air Sky Gliders. And at the end of the night we ran across a cheering crowd singing along with Boyz to Men at the Leine’s stage.
On the Sky Glider – not too bad for two girls who claim to not like heights!
And we had to stop to take pictures at every. One. Of the plywood cutouts we found.
The State Fair continues for the next 12 days. I’d like to visit at least once more this season in order to see some of the “less exciting” buildings that I missed on account of visiting with a 13 year-old with a short attention span. Exhibits like the arts and crafts building, the Agriculture and Horticulture building (Arg! We missed the crop art! How could we miss crop art? It’s “Dedicated to the beauty of seeds pasted on a board to make a picture.” One doesn’t just miss seeds pasted on a board to make a picture!), the DNR building, the cattle and swine barns and the International Bazaar.
Ah, you ridiculous food, fun and farm-focused festival. I love ya.