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A day at the (other) fair

September 8, 2009 - Deb Gau
Okay, I’ll admit it - I’m a state fair traitor. This weekend, instead of going to the “Great Minnesota Get-Together,” I went to the South Dakota State Fair in Huron. Just for a little something different, I swear! Huron is Hubert Humphrey’s birthplace, so that’s a good Minnesotan reason to visit, right?

Actually, the S.D. fair was kind of a nice change of pace. It’s smaller and less crowded than the Minnesota fairgrounds, so it’s less overwhelming to spend the day there. Plenty of things to see and do, too. Here were some of the highlights for me:

- We got to the FFA baby animal barn in the heat of the day, so everyone, regardless of species, was stretched out for a nap in the shade. (On three: Awwww!) Of course the kittens looked kind of show-offy about it, being stretchier than most farm animals.

- You could get your driver’s license renewed at the fair! I think that would be an awesome idea for Minnesota to steal, but the line would probably be around the block.

- It struck me how many questionable medical devices seemed to be on sale in the commercial exhibits. There were a lot of your usual herbal diet aids and stuff, but we also passed a couple of big booths devoted to an “ion foot bath” that claimed to suck the toxins out of your body through your feet (yeah, right) and a vibrating machine that supposedly makes you lose weight.

- Finally, the fair food. The cheese curds weren’t as good as Minnesota’s, but if you get the chance next year, try the jumbo corn dogs and strawberry smoothies. They’re excellent.


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