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A 4Her's Favorites! by Rena

Category: Miscellaneous

  1. Poutlry Barn
    This will be my 4th year showing chickens in 4H. I love it so much, and can't wait for this year! Wish me luck! I got Grand Champion Brown Egg Production Pen in 2007.
  2. Hanging out with Friends on the Grounds and in the Dorms
    4th year going to the State Fair as a 4Her. I love hanging out with the kids that have been showing longer than I have, and helping out the newcomers. I'm a little disappointed about less dorm space this year, but I got a trip, so it will be amazing! I look forward to the State Fair every year! Hanging out with friends is the best at the fair! And we play spoons in the colosseum... I might see you there, I'll be in the large, screaming group :)
  3. Midnight Stroll to Sweet Martha's Cookies
    I love going to get a bucket of cookies with my friend, but she can't go this year, because she tore her acl. But that is a great memory. Best cookies ever!
  4. Food!
    Barn meals, cheese curds, corn on the cob, Sweet Martha's cookies, milkshakes, Cinnabon, and EVERYTHING ELSE AT THE FAIR! I can not wait!!!

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My Affair with the Fair by Fair Fan

Category: Miscellaneous

  1. The Blue Ribbon Bargain Book
    The kickoff to state fair season. I get the book in July and read the coupons over and over, gazing at those little maps on the back, I visualize myself bellying up to the white counters of the concession stands, coming away with foot long corn dogs and baskets of buy-one-get-one free fried delights. I plan Opening Thursday like it was Normandy with this thing.
  2. Food Only At The Fair
    Though trial and error I've found you CAN re-create a peanut butter hot dog (served at the Blue Moon Diner), but you just can't replicate those french fries in the red and yellow striped buckets, Sweet Martha's, Tiny Tims, a skewer of Veggie Fries, Macaroni and Cheese on a Stick, Ruben dawgs, impaled pork chops, delicious knishes, or softer-than-snow Hawaiian Shaved Ice. I'd also argue that Coke is sweeter here than anywhere else and that all food tastes better when served in a checkered paper basket with a little white plastic fork.
  3. A Fair Sized Stuffed Animal
    Nothing like hugging warm synthetic fur on a breezy summer night. As you leave the the Midway, everyone can see what a big winner you are. Without a six-foot neon blue gorilla, how else would they know?
  4. The Fireworks
    It's when all fair goers are united -whether we're watching from the Grandstand show or a bench on Dan Patch, a spinning Tilt-a-Whirl, the line for late-night mini-donuts, or the window of the Sky Ride's gondola - the nightly fireworks bring us together, flood us with state fair memories of years gone by, and remind us that it's time to say good bye until next year.

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Not in Kansas Anymore by Heather Hansen Mead

Category: Favorite Places

  1. International Bazaar
    I always check out the fabulous live music, unique vendors, and the great variety of ethnic foods.
  2. The Barns
    A trip to the Great Minnesota Get Together isn't complete until you've put a pair of paper Pig Ears on your head and wandered through the livestock barns.
  3. Minnesota's Best Apples
    The Horticulture Building is the best place to find out about the enormous variety of Minnesota apples - and you can sample them, too!
  4. Arts & Crafts
    Not sure of the name of this building - but I always make sure to check out the home made goods Minnesotans have brought in for judging. Canned goods, baked goods, and beautiful quilts are all on display.

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Melissa Wittstock by Melissa Wittstock

Category: Miscellaneous

  1. Son's First Time to The Fair
    2000 was the first time our son visited the fair. The reason this is particularly special, was because we finalized his adoption the day prior! He was just over 3 months old when we brought him home and his first outting with his "forever family" was to the MN State Fair!
  2. Giant Slide
    The fair is an annual event for our family. The giant slide is something I did as a child and have continued to go now with our children!
  3. Corn Dogs and French Fries!
    The fair wouldn't be the fair without the Corn Dogs and French Fries...always yummy!
  4. Animal Barns
    We have visited the animal barns every year without fail! Our children have grown up experiencing the great exhibits the 4H groups work so hard to provide! Keep up the wonderful work and providing us with memories!

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