State Fair fun!

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my first food item...

The morning started out somewhat early, but not early enough to find parking!  I was heading to the fair early to hang out with Julie (Pinchora) and her friends before the TB meetup.  The parking lot I used last year raised the price from $5 to $10 so I skipped that and opted to park on the street.  I usually park near my cousin's house, but had to go 3 blocks beyond that just to find a spot. 

The morning was nice - sunny and cool with the promise of a gorgeous day.  I got my map, coupon book and guide to free things and wandered at my own pace.  Julie was texting me updates on her location in the animal barns and I was slowly working my way there.  But I was hungry so I got in line for a crepe for breakfast.

a potato, cheese and sour creme crepe
  I usually like the Nutella ones, but decided it was too early for sweet crepes.  So I got a potato, cheese and sour cream one.  Yum!  It was so good!  I walked and ate and looked around.  I like the mornings at the fair because it isn't too busy yet.  I started collecting my free things.  Item number 1: green tote bag.

I saw Julie leave the Sheep barn with her group so I went over to stand by her to see if she noticed me.  She kept moving away and texting, trying to avoid this stranger that is invading her space.  Her group started walking with me in the middle.  She was very confused because she didn't recognize me.  I forgot I had long hair the last time I saw her.  With that, we proceeded to the mini donut stand.

Me and Julie enjoying mini donuts
  Yum.

We continued walking and eating our way through the fair.  We tried the deep fried fruit on a stick, not so good.  Then a cashew nut roll dipped in chocolate.  Oh yum yum yum!  This was so delicious, possibly my favorite!!!!!  We went in some buildings, looked around, got some free things like more bags, a button, flower seeds and a pine tree sapling.  Just before the TB gang arrived, we stopped at the SPAM booth for deep fried SPAM curds.  They were surprisingly okay.  I'm not a huge fan of SPAM just because I grew up eating fried SPAM sandwiches. 

We met at the Gopher statue near the space tower.  We already knew Bill and Jeremy, but now we got to meet our Southern Belle, Shannon (shannon_atl).

deep fried fruit on a stick
  She might not agree with that statement, but that was my impression of her;)  Julie and I had been eating all morning, but the others were hungry so we went to eat more.  We wandered through the food builing to find our free birch beer and delicious cheese curds.  Yum yum.  En route we stopped for some deep fried pickles - something you don't usually find in Minnesota.  Yum.

We wandered through the dairy building to see the butter heads and then tried our luck with the lottery ticket on a stick.  I won $30, so I bought another ticket and didn't win anything.  We stopped in the birthing building, but it was disgusting, so I left while the others stayed in.  Julie, Jeremy and I got an overflowing bucket of cookies and met the others at the milk stand.

gator on a stick
  $1 for all you can drink milk - white or chocolate.  Yum.  How can you eat chocolate chip cookies without milk?  By this point, the sun went under the clouds, a cold wind sprung up and everyone was cold.  I had no long sleeves, silly me, I knew it was supposed to be cool today.

We rode the shuttle to warm up, I mean to get to the northern end of the fair and worked our way back.  We took a photo at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency booth with signs saying why we use cloth bags.  It was neat - there are hundreds of these photos online.  Ours turned out fun.  We ended the night at the fair with a deep fried candy bar, corn on the cob and a LOOOONG walk to my car.  I guess my version of 5 blocks is more like everyone else's 10 blocks.

We were part of a non-record breaking daily crowd of 189,077 people!  Yikes!

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my first food item...
my first food item...
a potato, cheese and sour creme cr…
a potato, cheese and sour creme c…
Me and Julie enjoying mini donuts
Me and Julie enjoying mini donuts
deep fried fruit on a stick
deep fried fruit on a stick
gator on a stick
gator on a stick
my favorite - chocolate covered ca…
my favorite - chocolate covered c…
mosquito on a stick...?
mosquito on a stick...?
Spam varities
Spam varities
big banana
big banana
hmmm...what to eat next?
hmmm...what to eat next?
Shannon getting fried pickles
Shannon getting fried pickles
walleye on a stick
walleye on a stick
eating cheese curds
eating cheese curds
my second favorite food here
my second favorite food here
carving a butter princess
carving a butter princess
I won the lottery on a stick!
I won the lottery on a stick!
baby ducks
baby ducks
Oh wait, maybe this is my second f…
Oh wait, maybe this is my second …
nothing on a stick
nothing on a stick
warm shuttle ride
warm shuttle ride
cookies on the bus
cookies on the bus
Jeremy and Bill as art
Jeremy and Bill as art
Shannon and Julie with a deep frie…
Shannon and Julie with a deep fri…
state fair sunset
state fair sunset
food booths at night
food booths at night
crowds at night
crowds at night
Julie, Bill, Shannon, Jeremy and me
Julie, Bill, Shannon, Jeremy and me
group photo 1
group photo 1
group photo 2
group photo 2
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