A day at the Fair
Today was a perfect day to go to the Minnesota State Fair–it was slightly cool and breezy out, which made navigating through the throngs way more tolerable than normal. I haven’t been since high school! Kenyon’s been out to dilute my essential Minnesotaness since I was a freshman. UNTIL NOW. HA HA HA, SUCKERS.
So, let’s start with food. I didn’t eat as much as I expected, and I still haven’t gotten up the courage to try the real big hitters. I’m talking deep fried candy bars, chocolate-covered bacon, alligator, hot dish on a stick, it goes on (and on and on and on). I did get some basic staples though–consider it my segue back into the Culture of the Fair.
Food #1: An amazing turkey sandwich–moist and slightly barbecuey–purchased right across the street from the poultry building.
Food #2: Most delicious mini-donuts, piping hot and encrusted with sugar. Note Mom’s zippy brown Keds.
Food #3: Beergarita. No, seriously! Let me explain. Leinenkugel Honey Weiss beer, blended with regular margarita mix, produces a drink that is slightly sweet, mostly tangy, and veeerrrry refreshing. Some say it’s an acquired taste, but I disagree–I fell in love from the very first sip.
Food #4: Cheese curds. Duh. Quite possibly the best food ever. Check out that grease. I walked so far (in slight agony, as my feet were both blistered and tired) to find a stand that sold these, and paid five bucks for a tray that fit in my hand. It was so worth it.
And here are some essential snapshots:
From left to right: ribbon-winning cakes, bundt and otherwise; the state’s largest pig (Squeaky, 1240lbs); and the Dairy Building’s butter sculptor at work.