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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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Beyond Cheese Curds/Donuts/Cookies by Kristin Boldon

Category: Food

  1. Pork Chop on a Stick
    Great with Famous French Fries across the street.
  2. Mocha on a Stick
    Chocolate dipped for extra goodness.
  3. Cider Freezie
    Local, inexpensive, and healthful!
  4. 1919 Root Beer
    The small $1 size is one of the great fair bargains.

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BigBamBoo by Red dog

Category: Miscellaneous

  1. Way too cool...
  2. You feel good...
  3. Everyone can do it..
  4. take it all in

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Blue Ribbon Bargin Book Favs by Patricia Romann

Category: Bargains

  1. Kiwanis Malts
    The chocolate malts next to the 4-H building are cool treat from the hot sun. The coupon gives a family a treat at an unbeatable price!!
  2. Cinnie Smiths mini cinnamon rolls
    The cinnamon rolls are a great size for my young son and taste hot and delicious.
  3. Northern Tool
    The coupon for the batteries is a price like no other. They have other great deals there also. It can be hard to only buy one item.
  4. Main Street Butcher Block
    The pot roast sundae was new last year but is now one of my all time must haves for the fair. My son ate a bunch for his lunch and was full for hours.

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