Once again, the Minnesota State Fair lived down up to all expectations. Kyle, Scott and I decided that this Sunday was destined to be the day for our visit. It was a cool and sunny day, and it sure brought out the masses:
Traffic was crazy. Parking was crazy. The crowds were crazy. Even walking was crazy! All the things a seething, roaring, shouting mass of people tends to bring.
Of course there were ‘other’ kinds of masses present as well. The trio below was just taking a load off:
I swear I’m seeing a little bit of camel toe there…
Fashion was all the rage too! I honestly had to put my iPhone away because I just couldn’t keep up with all the spectacular visions. I think the girl in pink, with the tight, mesh bolero top was seen on last season’s Project Runway:
It really is all about layering, you know. Thanks to Scott for providing the necessary distraction so I could get the photo.
Scott mugged for the camera a couple other times too:
Mmmmm. Nothing says “state fair” like deep fried pickles!
Or “food on a stick”…
Kyle’s particular favorite is spaghetti and meatballs on a stick. At the fair, nearly EVERYTHING comes on a stick. Even bears…
Ok, in the Merchandise Mart this guy was stuffing “Build-a-Bears”. The ‘fluff nozzle’ was fed into the rectum of the bear carcass, and then said carcass was manipulated back and forth very rapidly while the stuffing technician gripped the nozzle firmly. It, um, looked very, ah… yeah.
And this is what I bought at the Mart:
I have wanted a tiny, remote control helicopter for a long time now. And there was a booth selling them, so I bought. I’m not a very good pilot yet… and Phoebe absolutely HATES the thing!
Anyway, lots of fun was being had at the fair too– this crowd was getting into a percussion ensemble playing YMCA by the Village People. I snapped this picture in mid-M.
Did I mention that spray shellaced “glitter hair” was evidently all the rage this year?
Good… but not quite as good as this:
Oh. And there was plenty of tragically bad hair. I never got a decent mullet shot, but I did manage to snap this one:
“That boy look like he got a skunk sittin’ on top of his head!”
And of course, what would the fair be without the animal exhibitions? We saw horses a-plenty, goats, sheep, and of course… the prize pig:
That’s about it, and it was enough State Fair for this year.
I love State/County fairs. They’re fun. Love the midway and all the fried food/food on a stick. I actually like the animal exhibitions. And leave it to you to point out a huge nut-sack.
went to the MN state fair in 1996 (was in the city for an MST3K convention). my favorite food – wisconsin on wood! or fried wisconsin cheddar on a stick for you newbies.
dammit, you can be fat, but don’t call attention to yourself by wearing pink or any other piece of ill-fitting clothing! (says this fat woman) show some self-respect!
But did you get on the Tilt-a-Whirl and get sick? It’s not the State Fair unless you get sick on a ride!
Oink, oink….nice pig slit….eeewwwww….
Looks like you kids had quite the day….complete with blue hair and glitter and three beautiful women lined up on a bench….seemingly having a ball. Next time, I come with you….right???
I noticed a number of ankle monitors at the Illinois State Fair. It was my first time to a State Fair in the Midwest and it sounds very similar to your experience. Elvis was there too.
Oh lordy! I thought Texas had some big people and the freaks… maybe they just moved north and are state fair whores! Who knows….??
Wow..I’m SO jealous. I LIVE for fairs like that, and the ones we have around here clearly pale in comparison. You got some amazing pictures.
PS – Your friend Scott is a cutie!
The Build-A-Bear guy totally reminds me of the Sharon Gless arc as Colleen Rose on Nip/Tuck. Watch out, he might kill you by filling you with stuffing!
why does everything taste so much better when you put it on a stick?
Wow, some great fashion inspirations. Mesh is it for me this season. I’ve been thinking about a new do, too, so thanks for all the great ideas!
Love those state fair hog balls!
Scott is hot!
Where’s the pic of your glitter hair…?
I was there on the same day! And I even ate the spaghetti and meatball on a stick. LOL. I have some upcoming blogs on the whole experience. Are you from Minneapolis?