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At the State Fair

September 4, 2009 - Cindy Votruba
Yesterday was the first time my friend Maureen had ever been to the Minnesota State Fair. So a few of us decided to rearrange our schedules and join her in the fun. It had been quite a few years since I’ve been there myself. I want to say the mid-1990s. Going with a group of people other than my parents and brother made the experience a little different. We hit the all-you-can drink milk booth, hung out by the MPR booth, drank some wine and ate ice cream with wine in it at the wine bar, watched the Sean Emery entertainment show, went through the horticulture building, the KARE 11 health fair, the educational building, the fine arts building, walking for what seemed like miles. A few of us even rode the Ye Olde Mill ride, which apparently has been a staple at the fair since 1913. More or less, it’s a “tunnel of love.”

As we passed by some of the fair food stands that advertised “hot dish on a stick” or “spaghetti and meatballs on a stick,” Maureen would question how that could be accomplished. Beats me. I don’t think I want to see it. She had a chicken breast on a stick.

And she was signing up for drawings, along with a few others in our group, and collecting the free stuff. I even got three tote bags. One of the bags was for If you sat and posed for a photo holding up a sign why you promise to bring your own bag to a grocery store, you got a free bag. Then the photo was posted on the Web site. For all the world to see.


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