The Minnesota Sweat Together

So we headed back to the great Minnesota Sweat Together yesterday {formerly known as the great Minnesota Get Together which is also known as the Minnesota State Fair} for round 2 {you can read all about round 1 here}. And as much as I love the fair {and I sure do love the fair}, yesterday was exhausting. Darrin had to be there from sunup until sundown to help manage the Medical Devices Center booth in the university building, and the humidity yesterday caused us both to sweat through our shirts and shorts. A real professional look if ya ask me. Of course, everybody at the fair was sweating and fanning themselves with anything they could find, so we just embraced our glistening look and tried to “work it” as best we could. Hashtag gross.

But once we got over our sweatiness and accepted the long hours we’d be spending on the fairgrounds, our day was pretty enjoyable! Darrin comes from a family of farmers, and, because my family stays clear of anything that smells like “animal,” he was outvoted the last time we were here and didn’t get to see the barn animals. So yesterday he persuaded me into the barn area and we spent some time with the sheep, cows, pigs, bulls, etc. And let me tell you, those sheep love me. I realize that they are known throughout the animal world as being incredibly “dumb” creatures, but I tried not to dwell too much on that fact. They were pretty intrigued by my presence. 🙂

Also, I think I now may want a pig instead of a dog. These are the consequences that arise when I’m brought into a barn where baby animals are being born.

State Fair sheep

Darrin ran the Operation Man at the university booth, and all the kiddos loved pulling out certain medical devices and learning what they were and how they were used. The operation man’s nose even lights up if they hit the metal sides with the device. So. Cute.

I, being incompetent about the world of medical devices, played with the scantily dressed skeleton man. He wasn’t the most “lively” conversationalist. 😉

Darrin hated that one.

Skeleton Minnesota

I love this Minnesota mural {pictured above}, but the two grandmas eating their corn dogs in the corner decided to sit down right when we took the picture…so, welcome to Minnesota, everybody. The Land of 10,000 Lakes and Stubborn Grandmas.

State Fair

Although we were hot, sweaty, tired, and slightly sunburnt {poor Darebear…}, our second trip to the fair was pretty goll darn enjoyable. I just love spending time with my fair-skinned fella.

Happy Friday! And happy Labor Day weekend! I think, after yesterday, I’m officially ready for fall. Bring on the cute sweaters and pumpkin spice lattes. Amen? Amen.


  • Reply jennifer prod August 30, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    we had the same great debate at the fair last year (my husband’s family farmed in wisconsin), but i did convince my husband to let me see the pig races. we stayed away from the MN fair this year because of the heat&crowds, but we’re more than making up for in street fests 🙂

    • Reply Grace Beekman August 30, 2013 at 8:11 pm

      Yes, it was certainly hot and crowded this year! We still have to hit a few street fests! We wandered around the Polish festival, which was quite the event! 🙂

  • Reply Josie Davis August 30, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    Looks like so much fun! I adore fairs. I hope I can sneak away to another one or two before summer is completely gone!


    • Reply Grace Beekman August 30, 2013 at 8:10 pm

      You definitely should! They are so fun! And the food was amazing! 🙂

  • Reply Claire Liu August 30, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    looked like you had so much fun! bw, love the sunglasses 🙂


    • Reply Grace Beekman August 30, 2013 at 8:12 pm

      Thanks! It was definitely a fun time! 🙂

  • Reply libys11 August 31, 2013 at 12:45 am

    looks so much fun and so many activities to enjoy!!! 😀 minnesota is like my neighbour US state (i live up north here in manitoba, canada hahaha!) 🙂

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    • Reply Grace Beekman August 31, 2013 at 6:35 am

      Thank you! Looks like you’ve gotta venture down south and come to the MN state fair! 😉

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