With his striped jacket and his jaunty straw hat, Fairchild the gopher is a bouncy, furry representative of the Minnesota State Fair. He became the Fair's official mascot in 1966, which means he's celebrating his 51st birthday at this year's Great Minnesota Get-Together. I had no idea until this year that he had a name.
Fairchild back in the early years with red stripes. Sometime they changed the stripes to green...? No clue why.
Did you ever see the play or movie "State Fair", maybe the lyrics below will jog your memory....
Our State Fair is a great state fair
Don't Miss it don't even be late
(our state fair is great)
It's dollars to doughnuts at our state fair
It's the best state fair in the state
OUR STATE FAIR IS A GREAT STATE FAIR IS A GREAT IS A GREAT IS A GREAT STATE FAIR HEY!!
Seriously though, our state fair IS A GREAT STATE FAIR! We got there bright and early and visited the animal barns. It had been a few years since we'd done that. It was fun but always a bit smelly! I didn't take that many photos as we were in and out pretty quickly.
Had to get a picture of this adorable bunny though!
Next we checked out the Creative Arts building for all the prize winning entries. The food was gorgeous! Arranged by type and even color. Cakes and more cakes, and muffins, cookies, breads, pies, jam, and oils.. wow!
I love how the preserves and oils and vinegars were back-lit so they shown like jewels!
After all this marching around I needed a pick-me-up. The maple creme nitro coffee did the trick. You notice it was half gone before I thought of taking a picture!!
Then we had lunch, Tipsy Pies! We ordered two and my husband and I split them. We loved the Boozy Blueberry Lemon and the Onion Gouda! No pictures, we tore into those and well it just wasn't pretty, but it was delicious!!
After we listened to free music in one of the many park/stage venues we were ready to venture back into the Creative Arts building for more cool stuff!!
The button dress amazed me. I can't imagine sewing all those on, and oh my I bet that it's heavy!
There were many beautiful quilts and of course lots of cute stuff like the crocheted animals below!
Well that's it folks! Thanks for joining me at our state fair!
The pretty dahlia above is in my garden right now. We still have a beautiful month of flowers ahead before the leaves all fall. Hope you have had a wonderful summer.
I'll be around to visit soon! ~~ Diane