Labor Day weekend was a blast! This was the year where I could finally take my Washington roommate to the Minnesota State Fair. Going to the fair is a must if you live in Minnesota, and many people make it an annual tradition. This was the first time I've gone in about 3-4 years, due to always being away at school.
On a serious note. The Minnesota State Fair is a fair like none other. Check out these facts from the official state fair fact sheet:
- It's the largest 12-day event in North America, attracting nearly 1.8 million visitors annually.
- It's the third largest event in the country and the second largest State Fair in the country.
- The Minnesota State Fairgrounds covers 320 acres.
- Typically, the fair attracts nearly 1.8 million visitors each year.
- The CHS Miracle of Birth Center is the birthplace of nearly 200 calves, lambs and piglets during the fairʼs 12-day run.
- The International Bazaar is filled with fun and flavors from around the world.
- Nearly 25 local radio and television stations broadcast live from the fairgrounds daily
- The Eco Experience is an interactive environmentally-focused exhibit designed to educate visitors about sustainability, green living, organics and renewable energy.
- Princess Kay and her court have their likeness carved into a 90-pound block of butter in the Dairy Building each day of the fair.
I did happen to rain while we were there. Thankfully, we found shelter underneath the awning of a concession stand right before it poured. It did clear up later in the day though.
With my recent obsession over goats, we HAD to stop at the barns to look at some. I saw one eating the fence and got a video of two others play-fighting. I really wanted to see baby goats run and bounce around, but I don't think they had any there :(
With more than 450 foods are available at 300 food concessions, deciding what to eat is pretty difficult. Our first stop was at the huge french fry place, where Naomi got to spin the wheel and see if she could win some free french fries.
And she did!!
Going to the fair is the last event for the summer, and I'm glad to have gotten to spend this weekend with some great friends. If you're ever in Minnesota the two weeks before Labor Day, stop by! You won't regret it!
Does your state have a state fair? What's your favorite fair food?