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         The life and times of Mark and Paula Persons

September 5, 2006:  The Great Minnesota Get Together, otherwise known as the Minnesota State Fair, was attended by Mark and Paula.  They were among 210,570 visitors that day with a total of more than 1.9 million last year during the 12 day run.

The weather ranged from 65 to 75 degrees with mostly sunny skies.   

Mark visited his friend Snoopy who said, "Let the Fun Begin."

Paula was greeted by Lucy. 

Among the many events was horseback riding in the Coliseum.  It was exciting to watch.
These two young guys with the young lady in purple hair competed in a robot competition in the Education Building.  It was interesting to watch.  They were really in to the event trying to outdo other contestants in getting their robot to move balls from one place to another.

Since so many items at the fair came on a stick, you could purchase a "calculator on a stick." in this building. 

Bands were everywhere.  They entertained to the delight of the crowds.  Some attendees danced to the music.
 
When Mark and Paula were hungry, they didn't have far to go.  Mark chose pork chop on a stick.  Paula had Minnesota turkey on a bun.
 
At least a million chocolate chip cookies were sold in buckets.  New at the fair this year was the Texas Twist.  It is a potato that is turned as it is sliced so it is one long continuous piece on a stick.  Deep fried, it was a big hit.
O'Gara's served Guinness while a bagpiper played for the crowd.  It doesn't get any better than this!
 
From 2 PM to 3 PM on Sundays, you will hear Douglas "Doug" Swinhart on Tech Talk on WCCO, 830 AM Radio, from Minneapolis.  Doug is a wealth of knowledge helping people solve their computer problems with straightforward answers. 

Doug is seen on the right being interviewed by Steve Thomson and Eric Nelson (not pictured).  Find out more at: http://wccotech.com or http://us-admins.com or http://swinhart.com.         

You have seen the Ocean Spray television commercials.  Well, this guy was at the fair to promote the image of cranberry growers.  Great stuff.  See:  http://oceanspray.com
What fair would be complete without a foot-long hot dog?  Many ordered theirs with sauerkraut, onion, and more.

Warning!...this may not be a doctor approved food for those over 60.

Before Mark and Paula knew it, the sun was setting over the fairgrounds.. 
Even at night, the fair was an awesome place to be.

Things to eat at the Minnesota State Fair included, but were not limited to:
sausage on a stick
walleye on a stick
hot dish on a stick
meatballs on a stick
olives on a stick
salmon on a stick
shrimp on a stick
cheese on a stick
Belgian waffle on a stick

Other items included:
fried pickles
pot roast sunday
deep fried alligator
root beer floats
Swedish egg coffee

For vegetarians:
vegie pie

Liquid refreshments were plentiful as well in all types and descriptions.


September 7, 2010 e-mail:  Horseback riding, eh?  Sounds like daily life out here in Wyoming.  Itís been quite a while since I have had a chance to visit the MN State Fair.  Perhaps one of these years Andrea and I will take some vacation time to visit during that time of year.  Shane in Laramie, WY.

September 15, 2010:  I read through several entries on the blog (it's addicting), and I was also humored by how much of the State Fair I saw through YOUR eyes, that Mr. Right and I somehow missed.  We were simply not a good audience for the fair.  Lame fair-goers, I tell you.  But we did LOVE the RUSH concert!  Karen in Brainerd, MN.


Quote of the day:  The Minnesota State Fair should be on everyone's bucket list.   Mark < Back to previous story Ahead to next story >

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