The Great Minnesota Get-Together!

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September 1, 2012 by Jena

It’s been a great day!  Why?  Because it was state fair day for the Anderberg’s!  The Minnesota state fair is the best….if you’ve never been, you should go.  It’s got something for everyone.  Whether you enjoy the food, the entertainment, the animals or just the people watching.  It’s always a good time.

Today we actually did quite a few things we’ve never done before at the fair.  We got there and had to have something to eat, right away, the boys said.  So pretzels it was. Barry and I usually just share some of the boys’.  That way we get to taste some of everything without stuffing ourselves.  Around the corner, we grabbed some Big Fat Bacon with chocolate sauce.  What’s better than that??  Don’t knock it till you try it!

Then we headed over to the DNR fish pond.  I have no idea how long that’s been there, but this year was our first visit.  With as much fishing as the boys do, they are into anything having to do with fish, especially Graham.  Graham even started crying when we decided to not wait in the 30-45 minute line for the Gander Mountain kids fishing pond.  Oh well, maybe next time.  After we checked out all the different kinds of fish, we watched the raptor show next door.

We didn’t have to walk far before the boys spotted the Giant Slide!  This is something we do every year.  I watched and took pictures while the boys and dad raced down.  We also checked out the Little Farm hands this year.  Where the boys could do “jobs” and collect items from the farm, turn them in to the “farmers market” and get paid.  They could use their money to shop in the store.  Owen bought dill pickle chips and Graham bought Strawberries and Cream oatmeal which he plans to make all by himself for breakfast tomorrow!

The boys were begging to go on more rides, so we spent some time and money in the Kidway.  From there we went to the Mr. Bubble‘s foam party where the boys got WET!  We dried off nearby at the Kendama booth, where Graham tried to learn some new skills.  Then it was time for some Pronto Pups.  Yum!  After a break for food we stopped by the Boy Scouts Adventure rope course.  Cheese curds were on the menu next and there is an out of the way place that Barry always loves to find – he says the curds there are the best and they give you a large serving!

As we made our way back to the car, we stopped for some ice cream and a ride on Ye Old Mill.  The mill ride has been there since 1915, but this was our first time. The boys were a little scared, cause a lot of it is pitch black, but mom and dad may have snuck in a kiss or two!  Our last stop of the day was Sweet Martha’s cookies.  Graham says “they’re the best cookies in the world!  even better than yours!”  I think they are pretty good too – but mostly because I didn’t have to make them!

2012 MN State Fair is in the books….can’t wait to see what we can find next year!

**click on the images below to see them larger and to view the slide show**

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