Some of the best musicians at the Fair, Twin Cities Federation of Musicians members playing all kinds of music, and many other trades represented giving help, information and history of the American labor movement.
The kid who made the dragon from plastic utensils is brilliant, and there are many impressive projects from kids who give me hope for the future. impressive competitions at Hippodrome (Coliseum)
Love those fancy birds. They look like Vegas show girls!
Ag Hort displays
So much to see! Bonsai, orchids beer apples honey, and of course, crop art. I think the same portraits of Van Gogh and Lincoln are there every year, but the thistle halter top was priceless.
Blue Ribbon Bargin Book Favs by Patricia Romann
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!!
Cinnie Smiths mini cinnamon rolls
The cinnamon rolls are a great size for my young son and taste hot and delicious.
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.
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.
Creating Family Traditions by MSF Staffer - LLH
Same food every year!
Family traditions are the glue that binds one generation to another. They give parents and kids something to look forward to each year. Like other families, we have holiday traditions but we also have our State Fair traditions that include the following food every year: pronto pups, french fries with 1919 rootbeer, mini donuts, a bucket of Sweet Martha's cookies with a glass of cold milk from the Midwest Dairy Association, salted nutroll, corn on the cob and a pork chop on a stick.
Sean Emery - funny guy who juggles!
Sean Emery performs at the Family Fair at Baldwin Park every day of the Fair and it is a huge hit for all ages - each year we can't wait to see him juggle, ride a unicycle, make us laugh and do his 'hat sequence' to close his show!
Amateur Talent Contest Finals
On Sunday before Labor Day we always go to the Amateur Talent Contest Finals - free! We meet friends and family in the exact same seating section. We take turns going to get food (a cream puff is a must!) We watch an evening of great entertainment and then ooooo and aaaahhhh as we watch the fireworks right above us. Then we head out for our State Fair Four #4...
Space Tower at night
At the end of our fun-filled day, we make our way to the Space Tower. We take a seat to rest our weary feet. As it rotates around, we take turns pointing out all the things we did that day on the fairgrounds below us and then we look out beyond to point out the capitol, downtown Minneapolis, where the kid's school is located and a little to the right of that is our house. The lights flicker as we quietly get off thinking about next year when we get to do it all over again and maybe add something new to our State Fair family traditions!
"must do" rides by Gary B
Nothing better on a hot, steamy day
It's FREE!! Great way to give your feet and legs a rest for a few minutes.