We started our day off in our matching Global Mamas dresses (from the Fair) Fairchild headbands (from the Fair) with crepes and scones. YUM.
At French Meadows, someone spilled hot coffee on my back. But it takes more than back burns to kill my Fair buzz!!
We hit the Kidway like a WRECKING BALL. Winky the Whale--nailed it.
Puppy express--nailed it.
Dinosaurs around a volcano--nailed it!
Next we have some hard work to do at Little Farmhands! We are rewarded with corn hats.
Brent enjoys his S'mores beer.
We explore the new eco playground. The girls walk in and say "This isn't a playground!" YOU USE YOUR IMAGINATION DAMMIT
I run into Rebecca in the Eco Experience building!!!
We drop a steel ball from an exhibit underneath a huge display. U of M College of Science & Engineering student uses my corn hat to get it back. GO CORN HAT!
The big sandbox. I told the girls this was the World's Biggest Sandbox. Just to help with the marketing a little bit, you know.
Post is giving away CHURROS cereal. How did I not know about the existence of churros cereal??! I get two with the corn hat, then take the corn hat off and go back and GET TWO MORE. Is there anything the corn hat can't do?!
We meet up with some friends and then we spin-a-paint.
We do art cards. Our friends do a frisbee.
We ask if they can hold the frisbee until it dries. The guy says they can't hold the frisbees because they don't fit in the art card rack. I laugh at him...and offer to help with that problem. I must not look smart enough--even in my corn hat--because he says "What are you, some kind of frisbee rack engineer?"
NO BUT NOW I WANT TO BE
We stop by Mancini's and grab some meatballs. YUM.
We get some beers at Ball Park and settle in for the parade.
Oh God It's Hot. We are melting. My big plan is to head for the museum, which is the only place I can think of on the grounds with AC. So we shuffle hotly up to West End.
The museum has a hint of AC but is clearly not keeping up. We console ourselves with the fantastic corn and blue cheese fritters ("fritz") with chimichurri sauce from the Blue Barn. These are so good! We hork them down.
Then we try the meatloaf on a stick (also from Blue Barn) while we listen to the fiddle contest. It is ok. The best part is the ketchup stuff.
I get the girls a Cap'n Crunch milk shake at West End Creamery. It is just Cap'n Crunch and vanilla soft serve. Which isn't bad, don't get me wrong.
Then we are puddles of melted Fair goers. We trudge back to our car and go home and lay in the AC.
After an hour or so of laying perfectly still, I begin to think about the Fair again. And it's rained and cooled off a bit. So it's back to the Fair!
I shop around, stopping at the booth where I got a great deal on my treasured down mini-skirt. They remember me from last year and have me sign the poster "We survived Winter of 2013." DAMN STRAIGHT. I also bought the tights that are on the girl in this poster. Tights! yay!
Then Alison sends me a text, she has accidentally on purpose gotten a ginormous nachos grande and needs emergency backup STAT. Say no more, that is what friends are for! We get some 1919 root beer to wash them down. We watch the surprisingly early fireworks up by Ball Park--not a great spot but we were taken unawares.
We hit the arcade and play some skeeball and 4-person Pac Man. I know what you're thinking, YOU DIDN'T KNOW 4-PERSON PAC MAN EXISTED. Well it does, my friend, and it is as awesome as you think it is. I have foolishly removed my magical corn hat so lose terribly.
Bjorn gets a footlong with all the fixins and as he polishes it off says, well that was totally unnecessary. Which became our line for the night. Jed and I get more cream puffs AT THE FAIR because those things are surprisingly addictive. It's whipped cream on a bland little bun. What's the big deal? And then you're walking along thinking, you know what sounds good right now? whipped cream on a bland little bun! and pretty soon NOTHING ELSE will do but a cream puff. CREAM THAT PUFF AT THE FAIR. And with that, I will...
SEE YOU AT THE FAIR