There is only one place on earth where you can devour deep fried cheese curds at 8am, visit a butterfly house, see live baby animals, drink bottomless milk, soar to the top of a ferris wheel, sing karaoke with thousands of people, sip a caramel apple beer, get your socks scared off in a haunted house, and buy a bucket of cookies as big as your head. That’s right, friends – it’s State Fair time once again!
For my third year in a row, I graciously accepted my invitation to the #GreatMNBlogTogether event on the fairgrounds last week. And this year, the focus was on something I rarely think of when I imagine my day at the State Fair – SHOPPING. I always see the vendors strewn about the grounds and I’ve been in the Grandstand to use their bathroom a couple of times, but never have I actually taken the time to SHOP. I never knew what was there, or if it was worth looking into at all. This event opened my eyes to an entire fair niche that now has me 100% intrigued. In fact, I would add to my list above: visit the upper level of the Grandstand to check out the boutiques, pick up some Christmas gifts for my girlfriends (“Mama Needs a Cocktail” shirt for everyone, perhaps?), pick my son up a Timberwolves jersey from Fan Central, peruse the West End Marketplace for, like, hours and hours with a Schells beer from LuLu’s Public House in my hand, and pick up a souvenir or two for my kiddos from the Merchandise Mart.
The 2016 Great Minnesota Get Together takes place August 25 through September 5. If you’re planning a fun day out with the family, be sure to check out my tips from last year’s post on “Family Friendlifying the State Fair.” [Read more…]