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September 13, 2011

State Fair 2011

It's that time of year! For 10 days, the entire state of Minnesota is obsessed with the State Fair. And I understand why, its pretty awesome.

Get it - "Champion Hen"
This year we decided to break from our normal go-at-night-during-the-week routine and try an early Saturday morning with Henry. I like our old routine better, but we still had a great time. That morning started out chilly but quickly got really hot (read - the jeans I wore were a bad choice). It was also much more crowded than I'm used to. When you go at night it starts out warm and crowded and as your patience starts to wean it gets less crowded and cooler, its the perfect system. During the day its the opposite, which is a challenge for someone with very little no patience. But going during the day was the best option for Hen, so we made the best of it.

 This year was also a little different in that we spent much less time eating/wandering around and more time in the animal barns. Henry really enjoyed looking at the animals. He pretty much wanted to eat everyone of them. Soon enough, Henry, soon enough. I was surprised by how much Henry seemed to enjoy the fair. He was happy as can be, didn't have a single meltdown, slept nicely in his moby, and even sat in his stroller for an extended period of time. It was a nice change of pace, and clearly Hen's motto is "the wilder the better."

I took entirely too many pictures of chickens...
I seem to fall into this trap every year.
The white stuff is powdered sugar. Who doesn't leave the fair covered in food?
And of course, I cannot write a blog post about the fair without including some talk about the food! Hello, its the fair, the food is pretty much the only reason I go. And it didn't disappoint. Actually it was amazing. Last year, I had super bad morning sickness at the fair and basically gagged down the food while trying not to think about the pleasant smells from the animal barn... Not this year! I enjoyed every calorie.

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