September 07, 2004

Labor Day Weekend Recap, In As Many Parts As I Can Steal Away From Work, Part II

Saturday, after I woke up at about noon, Mel and I made our obligatory journey to the Minnesota State Fair, a time-honored Minnesota tradition during which you are expected to eat every fried food ever created, including deep fried candy bars and deep fried Twinkies.

The State Fair is a sure-fire way to pack on the calories whilst also depleting one's wallet. Seriously, you'll see a sign that reads "Bratwurst: $4 each" and you think, despite all common sense, "hey, that's a good deal. I'll buy five of those."

I limited my Fair eating to a calzone and a bag of mini-doughnuts because, let's be honest, if you don't buy mini-doughnuts when the opportunity presents itself, you're pretty much a failure as a human being.

Overall, my Fair experience this year was rather disappointing (and not just because I couldn't locate the local blogger get together that was supposed to be meeting somewhere near the space needle, but which I couldn't find to save my life). I'm not sure why I found it disappointing, either. Maybe it was because it was just Melissa and myself walking around together. The Fair is best enjoyed in a group, I think.

That, and Melissa beat me in a head-to-head match-up in a NASCAR driving game, and that, friends, just shouldn't have happened, because she reminded me of my defeat for the next eight hours. Granted, I would have done the same to her, but still. I mean, it was a driving game. And I got beat! By a GIRL!

Thankfully, Mel lives within walking distance of the Fairgrounds, because driving there and finding a parking spot would have driven me insane. It was slightly amusing, lazily walking along, easily passing about fifty automobiles lined up trying to get into the Fair parking lots. I wanted to point and yell "Neener Neener!"

Posted by Ryan at September 7, 2004 03:28 PM

Mini doughnuts? I don't think our fairs have mini doughnuts. Of course, being in Texas we just fry or bar - b - que everything anyway. My dessert of choice is the wonderful funnel cake (fried dough, drizzled on a plate & covered in powered sugar). I will not leave a fair until I find the funnel cakes.

Posted by: Mandy at September 8, 2004 08:28 AM

Mandy, we have funnel cakes too.

Ryan, free park and rides are the answer to prayer. Park for free at rosedale or wherever and the shuttle bus is free too. And timely.

Posted by: lt at September 8, 2004 01:09 PM



How can you get thru the MN State Fair without having PRONTO PUPS?

That's just crazy talk.

Posted by: Rob @ L&R at September 9, 2004 09:15 AM
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