state fair

Sep. 2nd, 2016 09:47 am
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Last week we went to the MN State Fair. It is always fun and we had a pretty good time. I didn't take so many pictures as last year, but I got a few.

The creative activities just weren't as good this year as submissions seemed to be down in a lot of categories, especially garment sewing. But I did take photos of anything I recognized as being made of Treadle fabric!

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And here is the Treadle Yard Goods award given to a classic wool coat. It was tough getting a picture through the glass!

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They had this 19th century Russian room set up by some local Russian cultural group.

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I loved this Mondrian-inspired Sesame Street quilt.

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The Girl went on rides.

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She is still pretty timid about the scary rides so the fun houses were a big hit this year.

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We had lingonberry ice cream. So Minnesota. We love our Scandinavian thing.

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At the International Bazaar, I got Holy Land falafel on a stick. Yum.

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And I bought another little painted ornament. This is for when I like to pretend I am Swedish.

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The beer hall. How did I not do this last year?

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This is the Minnesota Craft Brewer's guild. They had 6 or so different tasting flights featuring four local beers in each. We got the hoppy one.

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My HB is happy.

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Here they had this great map of MN craft breweries.

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Here is just the Twin Cities.

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The best photo I could get of the list of breweries. It's also on their website.

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In the center of the Horticulture building, they had these crazy machines. It's a spinning disc of flowers (real live and planted in dirt) with eyepieces you look through with kaleidoscopes in them!

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Are these things new? I can't remember ever seeing them before! They are so cool.

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Finally we saw some seed art.

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There's never enough time to see (and eat and drink) everything! Good thing it comes around every year.
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