Saturday, August 27, 2011

The Great Minnnesota Get-Together

It is State Fair time again...Did you know that the Minnesota Stat Fair is the 3rd largest fair in the United States and the largest state fair in the United States in terms of average daily attendance? Also, it is held at the state fairgrounds, adjoining the Saint Paul campus of the U of M. The site is in the suburb of Falcon Heights, Minnesota, midway between St. Paul and Minneapolis.

One last interesting fact: Since its inception in the 1800s, the fair has been held every year with only five exceptions: in 1861 and 1862 due to the Civil War and Dakota Indian Conflict, in 1893 because of scheduling conflicts with the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, in 1945 due to war-time fuel shortages, and in 1946 due to a polio epidemic.
I didn't know all these interesting facts.

The highlights for us include...

The Giant Slide with Ben
Seeing the quilt that mom made for Adele win FIRST prize! Go mom.
Seeing Andrew win THIRD prize in the Spam Cooking Contest and learning that Ry got fourthSweet Martha's Bucket of CookiesEmily and Andrew on the bouncy trampolines.

Ryan and I being shot 200 feet into the air...

*I yell "hi Emmie" because people on the ground could hear our screams through the speakers."

1 comment:

Lori said...

Thanks for the history lesson. Next time would you mind doing a "shout out" to your great friend, Lori". I wasn't there, of course, but I always check your blog (definitely in a harassing kind of way). It would have eased my pain of having a teenager to hear you calling my name from 200 feet in the air :)