28 August 2011

State Fair: Days 1 & 2

Opening Morning: 6:15 am

I have done a lot at the State Fair. I have been almost every day for the past 12 years. But one of the things that is so great about the Fair is that there is always, most definitely, something you've never done. And one of those things for me was to open the Fair. So (with some encouragement from fellow Fair addicts) I got up at 5 a.m. on Thursday to be there when the gates opened.

Hamline Dining Hall

It turns out 5 a.m. wasn't early enough, I should have done 4:30 (oh LORD), but I was there by 6:10 a.m. anyway and I am officially calling it close enough so that I never have to do it again.

Final Adjustments

It actually was very pleasant to walk around and watch the Fair coming to life as the sun was rising.

French Fry Booth

Good morning, little buns! How long have you been awake? It's Fair day! Are you as excited as I am?



Looking up in the Bunny/Poultry Barn, it caught my eye how beautiful the sun looked on the wood ceiling. See, there's a reason I call this the Chapel of the Fair.

Poultry Barn

We pilgrimaged over to the Fine Arts building to find Alison's photograph. Here it is, SQUEEEEE!!

Alison's photo in Fine Arts

I bought this flag half off at the FairWear store. Immediately hung it up. Improved house value by 10%.

New Flag

Stopped in Creative Activities to do a quick lookie. I got distracted from all the actual knits by this cake-like thing of astoundingness.

Knitting Cake

We went through Crop Art just briefly. The next picture's going to seem a little weird, if you're from around here, and insanely confusing if you're not.

Crop Art

Crop Art Shoes! High marks for fashion! Or at least, attempts at satirical fashion? I have no idea.

Getting up so early made it quite a bit more challenging to keep up with the girls that afternoon.

Sky Ride



Sunrise and sunset at the Fair.

Sunset from Space Tower

Sunset from Space Tower

Ice cream with the butterheads


I have to miss the weekend because of a family wedding in Wisconsin (boo), so I had a lot of ground to cover on Friday. I apparently didn't even have time to take pictures! But I did snap this one.

Tabbed Coupon Book!

A TABBED Coupon Book! I am going to do this immediately.

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