It was a little later in the morning on Monday, but Ross and I were making our way to Falcon Heights to partake in the "Great Minnesota Get-Together"- the State Fair. It wasn't until we were nearing Redwood Falls that I realized I forgot to put cash in my wallet. I was just going with one of my credit cards. Oops. Luckily, Ross spotted me some money for food.
Once we made our way into the town, the search was on for a parking space- full, full, full, $20, guess we're going into this lot. And so begins the journey to the fair's entrance. The first thing we come upon is the State Patrol exhibit and the Giant Sing Along. Nothing like an off-key rendition of "Party Rock Anthem" by LMFAO to start your fair visit. We decide to get food at the first trailer we see, which is pork sandwiches and corn dogs (after a beat, we realize there were three other food wagons behind that one). I never usually have a corn dog, so I figured "what the heck?" There went $8 for lunch while Ross joined in the Giant Sing Along for Barenaked Ladies' "If I Had A Million Dollars."
The first hour I'm following Ross through the Northern Tool tent, the old tractors on Machinery Hill, a tent that had motorcycles for sale and a brief swing through the Home Depot setup. Thankfully, the daily parade was going by when we were in the motorcycle tent so I had something to enjoy for a bit.
Going on a weekday was definitely the right thing to do. No major crowds to fight through, lines weren't terribly long if you wanted to get a free bag or something, and the weather on Monday was pleasant. Of course there was a lot of walking and gawking to do. We went through the energy building to check out the different ways you can save energy, recycle, etc. I even "made my mark" on a roll of recycled paper by writing the words "recycle newspapers" on it with a green crayon.
In my quest to get at least one free bag, I had us stop at this "Texas on Tour" exhibit where you went around with a passport and got quizzed on sites, tried virtual rock climbing, and learned about things to do in the state. In the end, we got our photos taken, and of course, a free bag. I don't know why Texas needs to necessarily promote itself, but it was an interesting time, and the photo I got was actually a good one of the two of us in a Texas state park (thanks to the magic of green screen).
I kind of deliberately wore my T-shirt with Pusheen the Cat on it to the fair. Pusheen is an animated web comic series that features a chubby gray tabby cat. So anyway, we're going into the Fine Arts building and went separate ways. I'm walking into an area when a couple of college-aged folks are excitedly pointing at my shirt. They're calling over a couple of their friends and ask to take a photo with me. All because I was wearing my Pusheen T-shirt. And throughout the rest of the day, I had a few pre-teen girls coming up to me and telling me they "liked my shirt."
The rest of the afternoon went by in a blur with the 4-H building, the education building, checking out the crop art in the horticulture building, having a strawberry shake and cruising through the newspaper museum (I'm never too far away from my job). Around dinner time we were in the International bazaar. I just wanted to sit, so Ross went to get me food, orange chicken, while he had soba noodles.
Toward the end of the evening, we hit up the Minnesota Public Radio booth, where I dropped $45 on merchandise. Then it was the WCCO booth to get a free "NCIS New Orleans" bag, beads and a WCCO bag. We also went to the Star Tribune booth, but it was out of lip balm flavored like cut grass. Oh bummer.
Around 8:15ish, we made the trek back to the car as we both had to work the next day, but overall, it was a good day at the State Fair.