It’s your last chance to take in the 2016 Minnesota State Fair

Tomorrow is Labor Day, and that means it is the final day of the 2016 Minnesota State Fair. . . . So there is still time to take in all the fair’s fun and food.

Here is a sampling of what I found at the fair this year:

Food

There are people who come to the fair only for the food. That’s not surprising, since the options are overwhelming, if sometimes a bit odd.

Fair food slide show:

 

While I couldn’t bring myself to try the deep-fried pickles (my friends said they were pretty good), I went back to RC BBQ more than once to indulge in Burnt Butt Ends. (The best fair food isn’t always deep-fried or on a stick . . . although these would work well on a stick.)

deep fried pickles Minnesota State Fair www.ExplorationVacation.net

Furry critters

The fair began as an agricultural festival, and agriculture is still a significant component. It’s a chance for farmers (and farm kids) to show-off their best animals and produce.

dairy goat competition at the Minnesota State Fair - www.ExplorationVacation.net

This year, for the first time, I spent my barn time watching dairy goat judging with my cousins (who were showing their goats).

Goat competition slide show:

 

It’s kind of like a dog show, only for livestock.

Crop art

Apparently most state fairs have eliminated crop art (artwork created using seeds, grains, and other plant matter), but it’s still a popular state fair mainstay in Minnesota!

Crop art slide show:

Flowers

Perhaps not surprisingly, the Horticulture building is one of my favorite spots at the fair. The competitions change throughout the week, so you can return every few days to see it all – dahlias, bonsai, orchids, and more.

orchid at the Minnesota State Fair - www.ExplorationVacation.net

You can also find these living kaleidoscopes there.

flowers at the Minnesota State Fair - www.ExplorationVacation.net

I so want one of these!

Fast rides

Of course, it wouldn’t be a fair without a midway, and what’s a midway without rides . . . although I’m not much for actually riding on them. I just love to photograph them!

Midway slideshow:

 

There’s a lot more too, so you really should check it out for yourself!

 

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