The Great Minnesota Get-together

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MN State Fair and SPAM
I arrived at the Southwest Metro transit station in Eden Prairie about 9:30 AM and bought my $5 ticket for a bus ride to the "Great Minnesota Get-Together" to meet up with Alyssa (alyssa_ob) and Michael (moon_over_michael). The SW Metro buses are actually really nice buses. Definitely a higher class of bus than most transit services. The ride took about 35 minutes. I was dropped off at the temporary bus depot near the State Fair Coliseum. By now, it was about 10:15 and 15 minutes past the time I was to meet Alyssa and Michael. When I checked my phone, I see I had already missed a call from Alyssa. I headed towards our meeting place, but first I had to get some mini-donuts.
State Fair Gopher Statue
We had planned to meetup at Carousel Park, but who knew there would be more than one carousel? OK, the odds of that are probably pretty good at a fair this size. Of course, she and her friend, Jason, were at the other one while I was at the one nearest the grandstand. After several text messages and phone calls, we successfully triangulate our positions and are able to meetup. She introduces me to her friend, Jason, and informs me that Michael is coming later with his friend, Ruby. We debate for a bit and then Jason and Alyssa decide the Skyscraper ride looks like fun, so we head over that direction and they buy a couple tickets and go for a ride. Soon after their ride, Michael calls and has arrived with Ruby. We decide to meet them over by the DNR building, but it seems that the entire state of Minnesota has descended upon the fair today and we still could not find them.
Sky Ride over the Fair
Another call and we finally are able to all meet up and begin our Minnesota State Fair outing. For the next four hours, we weaved our way through the entire crowd of 171,000 plus people to try a few of the many foods-on-a-stick and traditional state fair sights like the 90-pound butter sculpture of the winning dairy princess, also known as Princess Kay of the Milky Way, the 4-H building, the food building, the grandstand and miles of walking up and down the streets of the fair. We also tried a few of the best fair foods like sweet corn, mini-donuts, Belgian waffle-on-a-stick, deep fried candy bar (Milky Way)-on-a-stick, cheese bread, cheese curs and a few others. Some of the foods we saw, but did not try were Chocolate covered deep fried bacon, hot dish-on-a-stick, pronto pups (aka Banquet-on-a-stick), Sweet Martha's Cookies, cheese-on-a-stick, alligator-on-a-stick, pizza-on-a-stick, giant turkey legs, pork chops-on-a-stick, foot long hot dog-on-a-stick, big fat bacon-on-a-stick and several others I can remember.
The Princess Kay of the Milky Way!
Another interesting item I saw was a cooler in the shape of a round red and white bobber. I'm easily amused, so I found this pretty funny. There is a ton of artery clogging foods to be eaten at the fair and I think the only reason more people don't drop dead on the spot is the miles and miles everybody walks throughout the fair as they visit exhibits and booths throughout the fairgrounds. I wished I had taken my pedometer as it would have been interesting to see how many miles we actually walked. My feet say it had to be at least 10 miles. My sunburned face would also tell me to remember the sunscreen next time! It had been a great day at the fair with my local TB's, Alyssa (alyssa_ob) Michael (moon_over_michael) and our new friends, Jason and Ruby. It was now time for me to take the bus back to the Eden Prairie SW Metro Transit Station, so I could make it to my friend's party in Norwood-Young America and experience a bit of Stiftungfest, the oldest festival in Minnesota.

pinchora says:
too bad I missed it... thanx for sharing... can't wait to read more!
Posted on: Aug 24, 2008
alyssa_ob says:
Did you see there were over 171,000 people in attendance on Saturday? We were WAY off with our estimate of 20,000 people! Yikes!
Posted on: Aug 24, 2008
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MN State Fair and SPAM
MN State Fair and SPAM
State Fair Gopher Statue
State Fair Gopher Statue
Sky Ride over the Fair
Sky Ride over the Fair
The Princess Kay of the Milky Way!
The Princess Kay of the Milky Way!
Greetings from Minnesota
Greetings from Minnesota
Bus ride to the fair
Bus ride to the fair
Bus ride to the fair
Bus ride to the fair
Bus Stop
Bus Stop
The Fair!
The Fair!
Coliseum
Coliseum
Turkey to Go!
Turkey to Go!
Sweet Martha Cookies
Sweet Martha Cookies
Carousel Park
Carousel Park
Carousel Park
Carousel Park
Bayou Bobs - Alligator on a Stick
Bayou Bob's - Alligator on a Stick
People at the fair
People at the fair
Cheese on a stick
Cheese on a stick
Carousel
Carousel
Bayou Bobs
Bayou Bob's
Custards Last Stand
Custard's Last Stand
Alyssas hungry
Alyssa's hungry
KSTP Tower
KSTP Tower
Super Dog!
Super Dog!
Roasted Turkey Legs
Roasted Turkey Legs
Skyscraper Ride
Skyscraper Ride
Alyssa and Jason going on the skys…
Alyssa and Jason going on the sky…
Alyssa and Jason on the skyscraper…
Alyssa and Jason on the skyscrape…
Alyssa and Jason on the skyscraper…
Alyssa and Jason on the skyscrape…
The crowd
The crowd
Sausage Station
Sausage Station
Moose
Moose
DNR Fish Pond
DNR Fish Pond
Fish found in Minnesota
Fish found in Minnesota
KARE 11 Barn
KARE 11 Barn
KARE 11 Barn
KARE 11 Barn
Deep Fried Candy Bars
Deep Fried Candy Bars
French Crepes
French Crepes
Fudge Puppies - Belgian Waffle on …
Fudge Puppies - Belgian Waffle on…
Fudge Puppies - Belgian Waffle on …
Fudge Puppies - Belgian Waffle on…
The Food Building
The Food Building
Dairy Bar
Dairy Bar
Cheese Curds!
Cheese Curds!
The Mouse Trap
The Mouse Trap
Crowd
Crowd
The MN State Fair Crowd
The MN State Fair Crowd
The MN State Fair Crowd
The MN State Fair Crowd
Sky Glider Ride
Sky Glider Ride
Minnesota State Fair
Minnesota State Fair
Corn Roast
Corn Roast
Sweet Corn!
Sweet Corn!
Alyssa is still hungry
Alyssa is still hungry
Michael posing with his corn
Michael posing with his corn
The Jerky Shoppe
The Jerky Shoppe
Sauna
Sauna
SPAM
SPAM
Michael playing golf
Michael playing golf
Michael, Alyssa and Jason checking…
Michael, Alyssa and Jason checkin…
C is for Cookies
C is for Cookies
Chocolate Covered Pig Lickers
Chocolate Covered Pig Lickers
Skyride
Skyride
The crowd
The crowd
The midway
The midway
The midway
The midway
The midway
The midway
Hotdish on a Stick
Hotdish on a Stick
Hotdish on a stick and Uffda treats
Hotdish on a stick and Uffda treats
Norwegian Cheese Curds
Norwegian Cheese Curds
Boulders on a Stick
Boulders on a Stick
Minnesota State Fair Cattle Barn
Minnesota State Fair Cattle Barn
The Baa Booth
The Baa Booth
The crowd
The crowd
Head carved in butter
Head carved in butter
Got Milk?
Got Milk?
Miracle of Birth barn
Miracle of Birth barn
Fresh French Fries
Fresh French Fries
Pork Chops on a stick
Pork Chops on a stick
Dairy Building
Dairy Building
Dairy Building
Dairy Building
Princess Kay of the Milky Way
Princess Kay of the Milky Way
A couple of Minnesota Turkeys
A couple of Minnesota Turkeys
Santa at the fair
Santa at the fair
International Bazaar
International Bazaar
Space Tower
Space Tower
Leine Lodge
Leine Lodge
Axels Bull Bites
Axel's Bull Bites
Deep Fried Twinkies
Deep Fried Twinkies
???
???
4-H Building
4-H Building
Pronto Pups - A Banquet on a Stick
Pronto Pups - A Banquet on a Stick
Each dot in the letters is a rolle…
Each dot in the letters is a roll…
Eco Experience
Eco Experience
Alyssa steps into the water cycle
Alyssa steps into the water cycle
Sky Ride
Sky Ride
Sky Ride
Sky Ride
Big Bobber Cooler
Big Bobber Cooler
Pronto Pups
Pronto Pups
Pizza on a Stick
Pizza on a Stick
Fresh Made Nut Rolls
Fresh Made Nut Rolls
The Big Slide
The Big Slide
Wild Bills Curly Fries
Wild Bill's Curly Fries
Mikes
Mike's
Alyssas deep fried Milky Way cand…
Alyssa's deep fried Milky Way can…
One too many deep fried foods on a…
One too many deep fried foods on …
Big Fat Bacon
Big Fat Bacon
Bacon is...
Bacon is...
Luigi Fries
Luigi Fries
Alyssas quest for food ends with …
Alyssa's quest for food ends with…
The crowd
The crowd
FOOD
FOOD
The Famous Elvis Sandwich
The Famous Elvis Sandwich
Coliseum
Coliseum
Polish Souvenirs
Polish Souvenirs
The Minnesota Fair is the Holy Lan…
The Minnesota Fair is the Holy La…
International Bazaar
International Bazaar
International Bazaar Stage
International Bazaar Stage
Insert own joke here
Insert own joke here
You all can thank Minnesota for th…
You all can thank Minnesota for t…
Corn!
Corn!
Vintage Seed Bags
Vintage Seed Bags
Vintage Seed Bags
Vintage Seed Bags
Its time to make peace with Canad…
It's time to make peace with Cana…
Minnesota Wine
Minnesota Wine
Giant Gourds and Melons
Giant Gourds and Melons
Giant Gourds and Melons
Giant Gourds and Melons
Giant Gourds and Melons
Giant Gourds and Melons
Largest Tomato
Largest Tomato
Largest Potato
Largest Potato
Largest Sunflower
Largest Sunflower
257.5 pounds
257.5 pounds
365 pounds
365 pounds
834 pounds
834 pounds
Veggies
Veggies
More veggies
More veggies
Even more veggies
Even more veggies
Pumpkin Mural
Pumpkin Mural
Horticulture Building
Horticulture Building
Bell-shaped landscaping
Bell-shaped landscaping
Landscaping
Landscaping
Gopher
Gopher
State Fair Gopher Statue
State Fair Gopher Statue
State Fair Gopher Statue
State Fair Gopher Statue
Snoopy and Woodstock - Dog Nap At …
Snoopy and Woodstock - Dog Nap At…
Dog Nap At The Fair
Dog Nap At The Fair
State Fair Administration
State Fair Administration
Admin Too
Admin Too
Snoopy - Let the fun begin!
Snoopy - Let the fun begin!
Linus
Linus
State Fair Main Entrance/Exit
State Fair Main Entrance/Exit
Creative Activities Building
Creative Activities Building
Cold Beer & Pizza
Cold Beer & Pizza
Education Building
Education Building
1919 Root Beer - The best root bee…
1919 Root Beer - The best root be…
Real Smores
Real S'mores
State Fair Wear and Information
State Fair Wear and Information
Nothin on a Stick!
Nothin' on a Stick!
Machinery Hill - Ford Dealer
Machinery Hill - Ford Dealer
Machinery Hill - Antique Tractors
Machinery Hill - Antique Tractors
Machinery Hill - Antique Tractors
Machinery Hill - Antique Tractors
Machinery Hill - Antique Tractors
Machinery Hill - Antique Tractors
Machinery Hill - Antique Tractors
Machinery Hill - Antique Tractors
Machinery Hill - Antique Tractors
Machinery Hill - Antique Tractors
Antique Allis-Charmer Tractor
Antique Allis-Charmer Tractor
Antique Minneapolis-Moline Tractor
Antique Minneapolis-Moline Tractor
Stuffed Cow Driving an Antique For…
Stuffed Cow Driving an Antique Fo…
Sky Ride over Machinery Hill
Sky Ride over Machinery Hill
Sky Ride over Sunflowers
Sky Ride over Sunflowers
Sky Ride over Corn Field
Sky Ride over Corn Field
Modern Day Machinery Hill
Modern Day Machinery Hill
Machinery Hill - Lawn Mowers
Machinery Hill - Lawn Mowers
Machinery Hill - Bigger Lawn Mowers
Machinery Hill - Bigger Lawn Mowers
4-H Building
4-H Building
Education Building
Education Building
Year Round? Come on!
Year Round? Come on!
Space Tower
Space Tower
State Fair Crowd
State Fair Crowd
State Fair Crowd
State Fair Crowd
Minnesota State Fair
Minnesota State Fair
Horse Barn
Horse Barn
Cattle Barn
Cattle Barn
Cows!
Cows!
More Cows!
More Cows!
Highland Cow named Cora
Highland Cow named Cora
Cora
Cora
Happy Birthday Cora!
Happy Birthday Cora!
Coras Bio
Cora's Bio
Coras Closeup
Cora's Closeup
No Horses Beyond This Point!
No Horses Beyond This Point!
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