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The Gateway

The days are getting cooler and (thank God) less humid.  Autumn is just around the corner.  Woo hoo!  Autumn in Minnesota is the best.

In honor of autumn I present to you its gateway, the Minnesota State Fair…

My BFF MaryAnn, eating her ever beloved Pickle-on-a-Stick

My BFF MaryAnn, eating her ever beloved Pickle-on-a-Stick

 

Me at the fair, casting a shadow that looks like a Who from Whoville

Me at the fair, casting a shadow that looks like a Who from Whoville

 

Alpacas, lounging around and taking in the admiration of fair goers. Some day I'll have an alpaca for a pet. I love them!

Alpacas, lounging around and taking in the admiration of fair goers. Some day I’ll have an alpaca for a pet. I love them!

 

The giant Paul Bunyan, clothed completely in recycled clothes and fabric. He teaches us to recycle and reuse.

The giant Paul Bunyan, clothed completely in recycled clothes and fabric. He teaches us to recycle and reuse.

 

A stunning painting created by my friend, Mark Caselius, on display in the Fine Arts Building at the State Fair. Of course he won a prize!

A stunning painting created by my friend, Mark Caselius, on display in the Fine Arts Building at the State Fair. Of course he won a prize!

 

The Mighty Midway at sunset

The Mighty Midway at dusk

Once again the fair didn’t disappoint.  The smell of hot oil, the squeals of kids on their first thrill ride, and food on a stick galore.  I’m always a little sad when the fair ends, but I know it will be back again next year, barring war (as happened in 1861, 1862, 1945), conflict of major events (1893-damn you World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago! ) and/or epidemic disease (polio, 1946).

I’ll be back next year with bells on to enjoy the one thing thousands of people at the fair have in common, Minnesota.  We love our state and our people are great.  We know how to have a good time, how to eat good food, how to learn from experts, how to watch baby animals being born, and how to fly high and fast on the midway.

Long live L’Etoile du Nord!  And happy autumn!

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