September 7, 2013

2013 Minnesota State Fair


2013 Minnesota State Fair
Todd Swank's Diary Entry for September 7, 2013


On Labor Day, a fair was in the air, so we went to check it out.


There was also a bunch of fish.


There was also a pumpkin   A really, really big pumpkin.  881 pounds to be exact and it was grown by a guy by the name of Bill Foss from Buffalo, Minnesota.  We have the impression that Mr.  Foss leads a pretty rock and roll lifestyle.


Snakes.  Why does it always have to be snakes?


Greyhounds.  Why does it always have to be greyhounds?


Some people really like the fair.  Everywhere you go, you see people jumping for joy.



Some people jump bikes for joy as well.


The kid from the University of Minnesota seemed pretty excited to show off the solar race car they've been building.  Looks pretty cool.  I wish I would have asked to see if I could borrow it to drive around some night.


The Fair is still engaging in the horrible practice of removing young ladies heads and encasing them in butter.  I don't know how this is even remotely legal.


This lady had her own booth selling her incredible artistic creations.  She takes different colored clays and turns them into a face like this, then she squeezes it very small and starts slicing off little clay faces to build her other creations.  I was fascinated and inspired by what she does.  Although I didn't buy anything from her, so she probably thought I was a jerk.



I did buy from this young lady, though.  She had some really good cookies!


All in all, the Swank Family had a pretty good day at the fair.


On Friday night, we had a great time joining our old friends at Nor-Tech to wish Chrissy Belcher well wishes in her retirement.  She said she was going to just kick back for a year or so while her and her husband figure out what they want to do with the rest of their lives.  That sounds pretty cool to me!  Where do I sign up?

There was a bunch of fun people there: