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sixty-seven days

Posted in minnesota state fair by kirbybjohnson on June 21, 2010

Tradition dictates that the objectives of my first two stops at the Minnesota State Fair be Swedish Egg Coffee from the Salem Covenant Church dining hall and a half sheet of Lefse, with Lingonberries, from Lynn’s Lefse booth in the Food Building. My good friends Tom and Sue Arndt enjoy their own Fair traditions equally important to them: “Cheese-On-A-Stick” and “Bunny Day” to name but two.

Traditions old and new will begin to be enjoyed at this year’s Fair for twelve days beginning August 26th. Gates open at 6:00 AM.


Morning Chores

Posted in minnesota state fair by kirbybjohnson on July 25, 2009

msf_pitchforksPeople, who each year enjoy attending the Minnesota State Fair, fondly speak of their favorite things about the Fair. Familiar themes relating to adorable baby animals, foods-on-a-stick or the best place to park the car are exchanged in earnest as opening day approaches. Families hold many traditions dear and close when attending the Fair. “I have to stop and get some Swedish Egg Coffee – – first thing…”, “Let’s go on the Sky-Ride…”, “We have to go see the baby pigs…”

Morning chores at the “Great Minnesota Get Together” probably do not generate the same type of anticipatory tension as the first bite of a Pronto Pup, the happy result of a Spin-O-Paint or trying to win a stuffed animal for your girlfriend. The prospect of getting lost doesn’t make for an exciting afternoon either: “If we get separated, we’ll meet at the bottom of the Grandstand ramp…”

The 2009 Minnesota State Fair runs for twelve days beginning Thursday, August 27th. The gates open at 6:00 AM.

sixty-four days

Posted in minnesota state fair by kirbybjohnson on June 25, 2009

msf_bench_boy_manEach year at this time, I begin to look forward to the opening of the Minnesota State Fair. Attractions such as the food, the animals and the Grandstand vendors provide memory making opportunities for Fairgoers young and old. The gates are scheduled to open on August 27th at 6:00 am.