State Fair fun!
Saint Paul Travel Blog› entry 2 of 4 › view all entries
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.
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.
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).
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.
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!