I get nostalgic for Minnesota this time every year. Yesterday was Opening Day at the Minnesota State Fair. Growing up in Minnesota always included a trip to the Fair. For me it was really all about the variety of foods – milk shakes at the Dairy Barn, Mini Donuts from a street vendor, lunch at one of many diners run by churches, and cheese curds! All of the local TV & radio stations broadcasted live at the Fair for the 12-day run. The grandstand includes racing, concerts, and other events. Let me give you a sense of the scale of the Fair. Seattle Center – the site of the Seattle World’s Fair in 1962 – would fit inside Minnesota’s ‘Machinery Hill’ that featured acres and acres of new farm equipment! It always seemed like you would walk and walk and never see the whole fair – from the farm displays, the arcades, and the rides on the Midway. It’s a great place to spend a day or two as summer comes to a close.
Over the years we’ve attended some county fairs (which can be kind of fun in their own right) to other regional & state fairs. They just don’t seem to measure up to the Great Minnesota Get-Together! Do you have any favorite fair memories or stories?