MN State Fair

My wife and I took the day off yesterday to go to the Great Minnesota Get Together. Its otherwise known as the Minnesota State Fair. Its a good time to go watch people, pigs, sheep, cows, geese, rabbits, horses, chickens, and llamas. Its also not really a place to be on a diet.

So, starting with the food. Here's the list of what we ate, which is down from last year.

  • Blueberry pancakes
  • Corn Dogs (aka. Pronto Pups)
  • Australian Potatoes
  • Lots of Milk (at least half a gallon)
  • Strawberry Malt
  • Cheese Curds
  • Reuben on a Stick
  • Assorted soda's and water

We watched the Purina Incredible Dog Team Show which is also known as the Frisbee Dog Show. It sounds a bit of a stupid thing to do, but these dogs were pretty neat. They could jump 5 to 6 feet in the air, while catching Frisbee's. (I suppose since I don't know if they were true Frisbee's, I suppose that they should only be called flying disks.) Its was good, high-energy show.

We also took time to watch the show put on by the Minnesota Raptor Center from the University of Minnesota. They had a falcon, a Great Horned Owl, Barn Owl, a Kestrel (I think that's the name of it), and a Bald Eagle. It was a good, educational show.

The Big Pig was only 1220 lbs this year. Considering that the average pig, from what I remember doesn't get much bigger than 700-800 lbs, its still pretty big.

Of course I stuck my head into the Wonders of Technology building. Its alway good because usually 3M gives away something good, like duct tape. This year it was transparent Post-It Notes and a Mouse Pad. Still some good stuff.

Of course there were some politics going around. From my unofficial observations, there were more people around the John Kerry booth and wearing Kerry buttons than there were for the other guy.

Comments:

Sigh. You're making me envious. As a native Minnesotan, I really miss The Fair. And now that my oldest son is in school, which starts in the middle of August here in the Austin area, the Minnesota State Fair appears to be unreachable, at least for the next 15 years or so. Glad to hear it's still a lot of fun.

Posted by Dave Marquardt on September 02, 2004 at 04:14 AM CDT #

I am impressed that you were able to get out of there without having at least one helping of mini-doughnuts, back when I lived in "the cities" that was primary motivation for going to the fair.

Posted by Eric Lambert on September 02, 2004 at 06:49 AM CDT #

I'm missing the fairs of central PA right now. Down here in Georgia, the fairs come later and just don't quite have that same character. How do you put a Reuben on a stick? Wouldn't the sauerkraut fall off? There must be some sort of deep-frying involved.

Posted by Scott Dickson on September 02, 2004 at 09:48 AM CDT #

Hi, my partner and I are the creators of the Reuben Dawg. The sauerkraut is in the hot dog. The hot dog has corn beef, sauerkraut and swiss cheese in it. Than it is dippes in a pumernickle rye batter and....you got it! Deep Fried!!

Posted by Tim Williams on September 16, 2004 at 10:34 AM CDT #

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