A day at the Fair

Yesterday it was me and 234,383 of my best friends spending a cool summer’s day at the Minnesota State Fair and setting a record for single-day attendance.   The Minnesota State Fair is the second-largest State Fair in the country.  With the fairgrounds covering 320 acres it’s imperative to allow at least one day to see your favorite things.  There’s the Mighty Midway with its games and carnival rides, the food, the Giant Slide, Machinery Hill, the food, the animals, the exhibits, the Space Tower, the Grandstand, and the food.  We refer to the Fair as the Great Minnesota Get-Together, and we celebrate with friends and food.  Anything and everything is available on a stick, from fried pickles to pronto pups.  For many the Fair is a day of grazing from one food booth to the next.  I especially enjoyed the animal barns.  The pigs that weren’t being shown in competition were sleeping lazily, the sounds of the roosters were echoing off the walls in their building, and the goats were busy nibbling on the shirts of the passers-by.  People who attend the fair are always in a good mood, as are the vendors, and the employees at the fair.  Even the woman at the information booth who helped me three different times — she too was in a good mood.  I even found two special friends from the Minnesota Twins – Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau – who “stood still” while I had my photo taken with them.  What a great ending to a fine day at the Fair!

The ups and downs of spring

As we headed into the first day of spring, the week seemed to have been filled with ups and downs.  Our weather has bounced from 60’s to 40’s, from spring to winter.  My favorite NCAA basketball team, the Jayhawks of Kansas University were up and then down, causing my brackets to bleed red.  But today has ended the week on an up note.  The Minnesota Twins held an open house for their season-ticket holders and we had the opportunity to see the brand new Target Field.  Just like someone getting dressed up for company, the skies were blue, the sun was warm, and we learned the stadium is a gem!  From our seats near the first base foul pole to the upper deck to the clear image on the scoreboard to the speaker system that you can actually understand — it’s all good.  And to add icing on the cake, we’ve learned that our home-town MVP Joe Mauer has agreed to a contract extension.  The team is looking good, and now our new stadium is almost done.  Spring is in the air when you know opening day for baseball is just around the corner!