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!
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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.