The Post With Too Many Pictures From the Minnesota State Fair

Sometimes Gracefully State Fair

WARNING: MASSIVE PICTURE OVERLOAD.

{What else is new, am I right?}

Last week, Darebear and I ventured to the Great Minnesota Get-Together for a full day of unusual foods, booths, and people. My side of the family has been visiting the fair every summer for years. We always visit some of the same events, eat a lot of the same food, and my mom usually purchases a random item or food mix that she’ll promise to use all the time but then never actually does. It’s a day of excitement and nostalgia and a whole lot of calories that we justify by pretending we’ll workout the next day. And we love it.

Now. Pictures!

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We wandered up and down the fairgrounds last week, eating apple dumplings, pronto pups, corn on the cob, gator on a stick, deep fried olives {Darrin’s choice…not mine}, kettle korn, quesadillas, etc. etc. etc. People don’t come to the Minnesota State Fair for protein shakes and kale smoothies, folks. Fair food is not for the faint of heart. Or for faint arteries of really any kind.

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I’ll confess that Darrin’s favorite summertime activity is not visiting the Minnesota State Fair. I’ve been dragging him to the fair for years now, and, as much as he’s grown to appreciate our little summer ritual, crowds and cramped spaces just don’t appeal to him. During family parties or large get-togethers, Darrin will often “disappear” during the course of the evening, and I’ll find him hiding alone in some back room of the house, claiming that he’s bringing a bit of “diffusion” to the party…{scientific eye roll}. So you can imagine how he feels being surrounded by the Minnesota masses at the State Fair. Luckily Darrin’s also got a soft spot for cheese curds and deep fat fried anything, so we were able to focus his attention on the food rather than the fair fanatics in front of him {how’s that for alliteration?!}. What a spoiled trooper. 😉

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Darrin takes turkey-leg eating very seriously.

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We had such a great time eating and laughing and talking with family throughout the day. By the time 7pm rolled around, our feet were sore, our stomachs were full, and we were all just a bit smellier sweatier than we would have liked. Darrin and I are heading back down to the fair again tomorrow to help the university run their medical booth, which {of course} means that we’ll be partaking in some more fair food and festivities. If you haven’t been down to the Minnesota State Fair, you most definitely need to walk, run, drive, hop, or fly on over to St. Paul for a visit. I’d be happy to show you the ropes…and maybe share a bucket of Sweet Martha’s Chocolate Chip Cookies with ya. 😉

Happy Wednesday! Thanks for reading!

2 Comments

  • Reply Carlee August 27, 2014 at 10:11 am

    Love state fairs! The NC state fair is on October and I can’t wait to go!
    Carlee

    • Reply Grace Beekman September 2, 2014 at 7:55 am

      Oh a fair in October sounds SO fun. I love the fair…and I love fall…so it’d be the perfect combination! 🙂

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