I made it to the State Fair three times this year, which is not excessive at all. The set of pictures from my first, briefest trip is here.
The Sky Ride
Over the three days I visited the fair, I got to see three different flower exhibits in the ag-hort building. Day 1 was glads, and day 2 was orchids. The next few pictures all feature the lovely diversity in the orchid family.
Black orchid! Ooh!
Orchid. These ones might be my favorite from the show.
Nearby, the work of a creative child or a talentless adult.
Cool horse sculpture over by the sucky part of the fair. Its neck and head were on some little hinge-y thing and you could make it bob up and down, if you were so inclined.
Some day I am going to go on this ride. It’s just this big arm that spins you around in circles really fast up a jillion feet in the air.
Some of the ears of corn entered into competition in the ag-hort building.
One of the scarecrows in competition.
This scarecrow is the scariest of them all, its theme being “invasive species.” Its head is an Asian carp and its collar is made of zebra mussels and buckthorn.
This one held up a sign that said “Orange you scared?”
Alright, this is the creepiest scarecrow.
Michael Phelps, a mermaid — no, merMAN, pop! merMAN! — with what look to be crushed canmedals.
A scarecrow in the shape of a birder.
A big cat in the crop art wing. This and the next few pictures all depict various items made out of seeds or flower parts.
Alice in Wonderland
One of the many politically-themed seed art entries (this one encouraging you to vote no on MN’s upcoming marriage and voter ID amendments)
Dried flower arrangement
The center of the ag-hort building
I thought these were wacky-looking cucumbers.
More goofy-looking cucurbits.
Giant pumpkins! They don’t even look like pumpkins.
Just a small showcase of the fair’s wide array of health food. You may think I’m being funny, but these are probably among the healthier items there, in fact.
Deep-fried Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. See, I wasn’t kidding about the rice kristies not being too bad.
Leaving the fair on day 2.
Day 3, Mom found a superior agate outside of the DNR building.
Now I’m going to shame the French Meadow Bakery booth, whose signs had an unbelievable number of typos and other inconsistencies. Here, Reuben is spelled wrong.
More shaming: Sometimes they use the word “and” and sometimes they use an ampersand to separate the last item on the ingredients listed after each item. “Swiss” should be capitalized. “[H]ouse made” should probably be hyphenated, and so should “Glutten Free.” And “Gluten” is not spelled “Glutten.” The “incredible” in “incredible Grill Cheese” should be capitalized and “Grill” should be “Grilled” and the items listed after that should be separated by commas.
This is a small detail of a mural at Minnesotans United for All Families booth. This is the campaign opposing MN’s proposed marriage amendment, which would amend our state constitution to limit marriage to opposite-sex couples.
A cat-shaped pin cushion at the Creative Activities building.
A lacy mask! (Tatted lace? Not sure.)
These goofy creatures grace the tops of the permanent glass displays at the Creative Activities building. I guess this is the elephant in the room?
Dinosaurs at Creative Activities
Who finds these dolls appealing? They are the very face of terror. The only thing that should look just like a baby is a baby.
Delicious cookies at Creative Activities.
More cookies, including macarons!
Wooden sculpture of proud 4H boy outside of 4H building.
Inside the Fine Arts building, small detail of some large, complicated, cool drawing with Midwestern theme.
Sculpture at Fine Arts
Another funky piece
A detail at the top of the sculpture from the previous picture
On the third day I visited the hort-ag building, they had a dahlia exhibit. So all the next few pictures are dahlias.
I paid a second visit to the crop art wing, which always has a cool display of vintage grain sacks. It’s fun to look for familiar towns or cool art on them.
Faded vintage grain sack
Vintage grain sack
I believe this is supposed to be a large onion (“Vidalia” would be a good diva name) holding the sheet music to Minnesota’s state song.
Anemones outside the ag-hort building.
There’s a vendor with all kinds of mounted animal busts and pelts and things at Heritage Square.
There’s a bear. Not at the vendor, I mean, there was a bear on the fairgrounds and we wrestled (fight not pictured).
There were many different stuffed raccoons at this booth, but this one — this cool customer — was my favorite.
I have no idea what kind of skull this is. An antelope?
Inside one of the little historical exhibits at Heritage Square is a sign depicting the creepy mascot of the Midwest Showmen’s Association.
Inside that same building: a horse’s ass!
This is probably a better view.
Canna lily at Heritage Square
Heritage Square also had a collection of vintage car and gas station stuff.
And a cool cow sign.
I had my sights on this ride on the third day, but no one wanted to go on it with me. Why, just because it got stuck on three separate occasions earlier at the fair? That’s hardly a reason.
Where I bought the last treat of the fair.
And here they are.
A pretty horse outside the Colliseum
One last look at the Sky Ride on the way out of the fair on day 3.