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.
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The Minnesota State Fair is one of the most popular state fairs in the country as it draws over 1.6 million people over 12 days almost every year. The… read entire review