Wednesday, September 06, 2006

The Great Minnesota Get-Together!

Well, we did it! We spent one perfect day at the Minnesota State Fair and had a fabulous time.

Here is a deviation from my regular format and more of a photo blog of the day's events - with comments of course. Enjoy!

Click on any picture to enlarge.

First up. What's a state fair without footlong hotdogs!

Here's Brandon, Rosie, Austin and a friend getting ready to begin the big day. For the record, Brandon protested this picture but did accurately predict that "Dad's probably going to put it on his blog."

Austin and Rosie poised and ready for the big rides behind them. Only a small loan was required to purchase the ticket books.

This ride was nuts! The red arrow shows where Austin and Rosie are - spinning, tumbling and whipping around, all at the same time. No thanks, I got sick just watching it. Bleh.

After the rides we attended one of the extreme skateboard demos put on by the 3rd Lair skate team. These kids were fantastic and had Austin drooling in anticipation of fulfilling his own dream of one day joining a team like this.

We took a little break and watched San Franciso's "water bottle drummers." Highly choreographed and very entertaining!

Here I am at one of my favorite stops - the "all you can drink" milk booth. Here, for only $1.00 you can refill your glass with ice cold milk as often as you want. Damn, but it just doesn't get any better than that!

Next on to the animal birthing center where all expectant moms come to deliver their young. Here are some cutsie widdle duckies just a few days old.

This sow was under attack by highly aggressive piglets. I've heard of nursing pain, but watching this made my nipples hurt!

I felt truly sorry for this poor cow as she lay heaving on the ground. I know this is standard fare for cows but holy crap she was not a happy camper. Imagine the posts these two mommies could write if they were bloggers!

The MOST important part of the animal visit - washing your hands! Here Rosie, Austin and mom take their turns at the sinks after receiving several minutes of good old fashioned animal slobber.

This adorable creature seems to have stepped straight out of Dr. Seuss. These South American llama-like creatures are bred primarily for their wool - as they are unsuitable as pack animals.

I threw this picture in for my Australian friends out there. Just a couple of questions:
1. Are battered potatoes really an Australian dish?
2. Are there support shelters for these poor spuds?

We had a great day. At one point I saw Garrison Keillor in deep concentration as he stood and watched the kids slide down the giant 16-lane slides. I wanted so badly to ask him for a picture but I couldn't bring myself to bother him. I have no doubt he was composing his next Lake Wobegon monologue. In fact, I'd be willing to bet that if you listen to him this Saturday he will indeed reference this moment in time.

So there you have it, one beautiful day at one great place filled with thousands of people, tons of fried food, dozens of midway barkers and tons of colorful rides. Sure, you may be tired at the end of the day - but in this case... it's the very best kind of tired.


Dave2 said...

Awwwww... duckies and piggies!!

Mooselet said...

That cow looks like how I felt during the end of all my pregnancies, and will no doubt feel during this one as I approach the summer heat.

Now I'm not a born-and-bred Aussie, but as far as I know there is no such thing as Australian Battered Potatoes. Battered in what? The thought frightens me and hardens my arteries at the same time. Quintisential Aussie thing to do with a spud is cut them up and make chips drowning in gravy or tomato sauce (wouldn't dare call it ketchup).

Anonymous said...

It looks like the cow spotted the footlong hotdog booth.

Anonymous said...

Hee! I would TOTALLY read the cow mommy blog.

Jennine said...

Those poor cows looked udderly miserable.

Couldn't resist.

Anonymous said...

After reading this blog, we decided to attend our fair which starts this weekend. I'm not sure we'll have pictures but you never know.
We're the Aussie potatoes by way of Katrina where they would have been "battered"?

Kal said...

oh, that ride.... Blaugh, indeed.

Remember when you were young and stupid... err... fearless?

Anonymous said...

The Minnesota State Fair has ruined me for all other state fairs, it really is the best. But your arteries can harden in minutes just from breathing second hand grease.

Waya said...

That looked so much fun! I hope my 3 children will want to "hang out" with us when they're in the tweens.

And yeah, my boobs hurt just by looking at that pix of the piglets too!!

We're off to an amusement park this coming saturday too. Yeah yippee! can you sense my sarcastic excitement?!

Jeff and Charli Lee said...

dave2 - Yeah, the babies were adorable, but the poor pregnant mommies were all miserable. Same thing for the animals too.

mooselet - Hopefully you won't be lying on the ground on a cement floor with hundreds of people watching you when you give birth.

chanakin - Yep, those footlongs are nothing but trouble!

jenny - Me too. Just imagine the stories.

jennine - And why try. Cow puns are SO much fun!

carla - I believe I saw some FEMA folks ordering up a batch. They'd just heard about them.

kal - I just remember when my stomach used to be able to handle going in circles. Why does that change just because we're older anyway?

linda - I've only been to a few other state fairs but of those, MN was definitely the best!

waya - Oh, you'll have a blast. I never want to go initially either but once I'm there I always have a good time.

Ashley Lasbury said...

Oh, memories. No one knows how to throw a fair like Midwesterners in my opinion. I LOVED the WI State. Loved it. Maine has small regional fairs that are fun but not in the same league.

And if I had seem my hero, Garrison, in the flesh, I would not have hesitated to ask for a photo.

Heather said...

Wow, full day. And a celebrity siting to boot. What more could you ask for? Er, besides a picture, I guess.

Jeff and Charli Lee said...

ashley - I know, I should have asked for a photo op. At that particular moment though he was completely absorbed in thought. I circled around later to see if he was less distracted but I couldn't find him.

heather - It would have made a good picture too. He wears red high tops!

yellojkt said...

That looks like a kick-ass fair. The Maryland State Fair is ultra-lame. Alpacas look so cute, but I wouldn't want one as a pet or a meal-ticket.

Bugwit said...

No Butter Queen pictures? I want a fudge puppy!