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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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Must Do at the State Fair by Wendy Douglas

Category: Favorite Places

  1. Chocolate Covered Pig Lickers
    Chocolate Covered Pig Lickers at Famous Daves. This is my daughter's first stop for breakfast at the fair!
  2. Miracle of Birth Center
    Can't resist those cute babies!
  3. Giant Slide
    A yearly tradition.
  4. Animal Barns
    We spend hours checking out the animals every year.

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MUST SEE FOUR by WENDI ZELKIN ROSENSTEIN

Category: Favorite Places

  1. CROP ART
    THE BEST EXHIBIT AT THE FAIR! ALWAYS TIMELY WITH CURRENT EVENT ITEMS LIKE LAST YEAR'S OBAMA, MICHAEL JACKSON, ALL MADE OF SEEDS!
  2. BUTTER HEADS
    IF YOU'RE LUCKY AND GO EARLY YOU CAN WATCH THEM CARVE THE LADIES AS THEY SIT SHIVERING IN THEIR CROWNS!
  3. THE GIANT SLIDE
    DON'T FORGET TO YELL "HI MOM!" WHEN YOU SLIDE UNDER THE HANGING MICROPHONES!
  4. THE PRIZE WINNING SCRAPBOOKS
    SILLY THEMES TO SERIOUS FAMILY EVENTS...ALL GREAT FUN!

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Wayne's Favorite Fair Four by Wayne

Category: Favorite Places

  1. Leinie Band Shell
    Great music throughout the day and night time too. Turn around and watch the daily parade.
  2. 4-H Building
    Catch the creativity of Minnesota teens. Get ideas for our home as well.
  3. Heritage Square
    A quieter area to relax and catch a glimpe of the past not to mention last year's button and a hand printed newspaper about news at the Great Minnesota Get-Together.
  4. The Food Building
    A great place to fill up after viewing the sights at the fair.

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