This is my first year fully active in the MN blogosphere and I'm shocked at how insane the state fair coverage is. I mean I love it, but it's kind of nuts. But, that isn't going to stop me from writing my own recap.
First I have to make a confession, I'm not a fair food lover, I don't crave cheese curds, deep fried candy bars, or any other food throughout the year. I don't make plans about the first food booth I'm going to run to, I just wander and choose 2-3 things to keep me from collapsing (though I think you could live by calorie osmosis at the fair).
This year I went with my parents who were visiting me from Montana. My dad is a huge fair food lover, and I tried a few new things because he was along. Overall I only tried the following items. Ratings are in parenthesis.
- Australian Potatoes (3/5)
- Cheese Curds (4/5)
- Caramel Apple(4/5)
- Fries (3/5)
- Raspberry Milk Shake(5/5)
- Roasted Corn (4/5)
I also had Beer on a Stick from Summit. This is me and my friend Jason showing off our over priced sampler. (It was damn tasty though, Horizon Red was my favorite which wasn't surprising at all)
We spent a few hours wandering through the animal barns. I hadn't done this during my last two fair adventures and had a great time seeing how MN does things. One thing that shocked me was the fact that the kids brought their pigs out into the public walk ways in the pig barn. I don't really know why it surprised me, but it seemed like a recipe for someone getting hurt. Thankfully this guy wasn't out and about.
I ran into a high school friend who happened to be working at a booth in the Education building, after chatting for a bit we checked out the samples from Pastamore based on a Foursquare tip. I loved the Meyers Lemon infused oil, though I have no idea what I would do with it. We wandered up Machinery hill and I drooled over the giant trucks while the rest of Minnesota got excited about four wheelers and snowmobiles. Oh and did loved the old tractor exhibit.
We finished off the night with my parents getting a cone of Martha's Cookies. These were tasty as usual but still overrated in my opinion. We ended up spending close to 10 hours at the fair, and by the end of the day I felt a lot like this kid who we encountered earlier in the day.
Even though I didn't walk out of the fair feeling like I was going to pop, I had a great time. I'm not much for really crowded places, but I can deal with it at fair time. I took quite a few photos, if you feel like it stop by my State Fair set over on Flickr for piglets, giant stuffed animals, and a girl on stilts.