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Friday, September 8, 2017

A Look Back at the MN State Fair

Hey Our Minnesota State Fair has a gopher for a mascot ......
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....

State Fair
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

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!

The  poultry were fabulous and very noisy! We also checked out the sheep and horse barns. Then we needed some refreshment, fresh squeezed lemonade!!

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!

This is adorable, a hand crocheted tea set! It folds up into a tote bag! Maybe for your picnic tea party!

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


  1. I just love the music playing on your blog, and the photos are beautiful, I enjoyed everything! Thank you so much for sharing, and it is lovely to see your post today! :)

    1. Hi Linda! Thanks for visiting and leaving such a sweet comment!

  2. Hi Diane, what a lovely day, thanks for sharing all the photos. The hand crocheted tea set is amazing; there are some really talented folks around. The leaves are turning brown in the UK and today is rather chilly, but we are resisting turning the heating on because we don’t want to start paying the bills. :-)

    1. Hi Barbara! So nice for you to visit me here! You are the only one that knows I'm still alive via Instagram! Ha! I thought that tea set was really cute too. I've done some embroidery but never learned crochet. We had been really cool for a week so turned on the heat, now it's hot and humid and turned on the air conditioning last night! Crazy weather! At least no fires or hurricanes here!

  3. Hey Diane! Great to see you my friend! What an excellent time you had at the fair! I have never seen so much food in one place! LOL! You have nice nails!!! I love that button dress and those stuffed animals! Looks like a fun time!! Thanks for sharing everything! Big Hugs!

    1. Hi Stacy! I'm glad you sent me a message as it nudged me to get this post up! I was surprised to hear from several people that their fairs don't feature the Creative Arts competitions. That's what fairs used to be all about! Thanks for commenting on my nails, it's my best feature! It was really fun, I hadn't been to the fair in a couple of years. We walked a lot of miles! Big hugs right back at ya!

  4. What a great state fair! All those cakes are making me hungry...

  5. Diane - missed this post. Looks like your state fair is a special event. It has been a long time since I have taken in the fair....love it when they happen in the fall...much better for all concerned - including the animals. Hugs!


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