A few of my friends thought I had lost my mind because I booked a trip to Minneapolis, to go to the Minnesota State Fair. If you have read any of my other posts, you know I don’t like people, especially large groups of them. I generally avoid concerts, festivals, large parties and any other place that might have more than 6 people at any given time. If I didn’t like to travel so much, airports would for sure be on that list. Instead, I got on a plane and headed to Minneapolis to eat fried food and people watch.
To get us into the right mind-set, we went to the Mall of America first. Of course we chose a day when the Explorers camp for small humans was doing an excursion. They were everywhere, all wearing light blue shirts and vibrating from sugar and excitement. I don’t blame them though, who can resist an indoor amusement park? Especially one with Spongebob Squarepants themed rides? Thank you Nickelodeon for the Fairly Odd Coaster, the Pepsi Orange Streak and the Log Chute. Unfortunately we missed out on the Backyardigans Swing Along and Shredder’s Mutant Masher. I don’t think we did anything else while we were there. We didn’t go to the Aquarium and didn’t do any shopping… I don’t think we even ate. Good thing we had the fair the next day to make up for it.
Being the planner that I am, I decided that we had to buy the Blue Ribbon Bargain Book of coupons to save money on food, souvenirs and rides. I had never eaten a fried Oreo and wanted to save as much as I could while destroying my arteries and shortening my lifespan. Not to mention the fried spam, crab fritters, bacon on a stick and fried cheese curds. Oh and let’s not forget Martha’s chocolate chip cookies. I may or may not have a dozen of those in my freezer.
My friend sent me Minnesota State Fair Bingo and I am sorry to say that I didn’t see triplets, Kid Rock or a mesh shirt. I did see Antique Tractors, many children crying, flattened cookies, sweet corn, tie-dyed t-shirts, overalls, and a seed corn cap.
To say that the fair was overwhelming is an understatement however I loved every minute of it. The energy and enthusiasm were infectious and everyone was so nice. Not a surprise given that we were in Minnesota. I wouldn’t be able to do more than one day at a time or stay until it got dark and the hordes of teenagers took over but I would absolutely go again. Our audit of the big three will continue – next year in Texas or Iowa!