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Spirit of Minnesota by BAB

Category: Miscellaneous

  1. Butterheads
    Go to the Dairy Barn and see the princesses get their heads carved in butter. Speculate what you'd do, if your daughter was a princess and brought home her butterhead.
  2. Creative Activities Building
    OMG the winter must last forever in Minnesota. How else would people have enough time to make such gorgeous and intricate projects?
  3. Home Canning
    What's the funniest home canned entry? Who eats home canned grapes anyway?
  4. People Watching
    Stand on the hilly street near the animal bars on a Saturday afternoon and watch the waves of people. Count the folks on crutches and the pregnant women and realize that nothing can stand between a real Minnesotan and the Fair. Now go get a malt and toast your observation!

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Best ways to rejuvenate at the Fair by Wendy Jones

Category: Attractions & Exhibits

  1. Take in the view during a Sky Glider ride
    You've just escaped the throngs in the Grandstand and are clutching your newly-purchased Chop-o-Matic - you could use a moment to rest and reflect on the majesty of the Fair! Hop on the Sky Glider (across from the roasted corn booth) and take a relaxing trip to the Fair's north end. The birds-eye view of the fairgrounds will inspire you, and you'll be refreshed and ready to take in a K-9 demo at the Pet Center when you hop off.
  2. Sip an iced coffee in the Farmers Union Cafe
    After you've "ooh-ed" and "ahh-ed" at the mouthwatering baked goods and exquisite crafts in the Creative Activities Building, head down the street to the Farmers Union Cafe and order an iced coffee, frappacino, or other refreshing caffeinated beverage. Grab a seat in the cafe, listen to music, watch the crowds pass by, and resolve to be a better person who makes handmade gifts for her friends and cooks all of her food from scratch. "Yes!," you think to yourself, "I WILL enter my zucchini bread next year - blue ribbon, here I come!" Once the initial buzz of caffeine wears off, reality sets in again and you accept your inadequacies. You're ready to head back into the crowds!
  3. Admire great art over a cup of cold cider
    Once you've pushed your way to the front of the crowd to get a good look at Princess Kay of the Milky Way's butter head sculpture, it's time to leave the Dairy Building (formerly Empire Commons) and make a beeline to the Ag-Hort Building for more art appreciation. First, stop in the apple wing of the building and grab a cup of fresh-pressed apple cider, the first of the season. Unlike most art museums, food and beverages are allowed in the Ag-Hort's Crop Art gallery. Grab a spot on the row of benches facing the crop art display and sip your cider while contemplating the varied meanings in this collection of Minnesota masterpieces. Although the crop art is thoroughly modern, it's unlikely that you'll think to yourself, "I could have made that."
  4. Take in a show at the 4-H Building
    There's ample seating at both stages (1st and 2nd floors) in the 4-H Building, and there's an abundance of energy in the kids pounding the floor boards. Have a seat and soak up the enthusiasm of youth. You'll never have that kind of energy again, but it's good to know that Minnesota's kids are full of great ideas and the wherewithal to make them happen. You'll leave the building feeling good about the future, which is how everyone should feel at the Great Minnesota Get-Together!

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Its not the fair without the food by Sandy Schultz

Category: Food

  1. sweet Marthas
    Great cookies
  2. Milk Booth
    right after getting cookies
  3. Cheese curds
    Can`t get enough
  4. Choc covered frozen bananas
    Bring back my childhood

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Laura's list by Laura Winter

Category: Food

  1. beergarita
    So cool and refreshing! I've tried to make these at home but they are just not the same without the Karaoke in the background!
  2. cheese curds
    We always say we're gonna share and then we wind up buying an order for each of us. We all regret it for about an hour cuz we're too full... but boy are they worth it!
  3. Corn on the cob
    Gotta remember to take some dental floss with me this year!
  4. Sky glider ride
    My husband and I take this ride every year. It cools us off, gets us off our feet, it's relaxing and we can still people watch. My absolute Fair Favorite!

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