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Old 08-25-2017, 01:25 PM
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I thought I'd share this for those of you who have never experienced this craziness.
Our state fair started yesterday and will run until Labor Day. It opens every day at 7 a.m. and closes at midnight. During that time, it will draw approximately 2 million visitors. It has everything, from art galleries, vintage tractors and 4H livestock competitions, to a huge midway area and fried pickles on a stick stuffed with cream cheese and corned beef.
It's pretty much everything that's great about this country and everything that's wrong with this country jammed into 320 acres.
As you might imagine, there is some spectacular people watching.
The attached picture is an average crowd on an average street in the fairgrounds. I wish I had a picture of when it was really busy, but you couldn't drag me there when it's really busy.
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Old 08-25-2017, 01:27 PM
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I went once many years ago. Fun time.
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just went to the Wisconsin state fair

great time, good food -- glad they serve craft beer now and its not just miller/leineys
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Sounds like the NC State Fair.

We go and make a beeline for the food. Never even step foot in the Midway.

Then we head to the antique farm equipment, tractor pull, and Howling Cow ice cream stand. Then it's on to the village of yesteryear (blacksmith shop, steam sawmill, hit n miss ice cream churns, various dutch oven cooking).

Then stuff our faces with even more food on the way out.

Love the fair...last year we went and it was still incredibly hot. Ours is mid October, so it's 50/50 between that and perfect fall weather.
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NC State Fair

The BBQ Sundae is the highlight for us every year.


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I miss going to the Neshoba County fair. Been years since I've been, need to take my wife back one day as she's never experienced a real fair.
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Growing up we went to the Dixie Classic Fair in Winston Salem.

But apparently that name is offensive nowadays as they have tried to change it.
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You couldn't pay me to deal with that crowd.
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Originally Posted by RyanL11 View Post
You couldn't pay me to deal with that crowd.
The key is to go either at lunch during the workweek, or take off early and get there before the crowd.

We've been on Saturday before and I agree...you couldn't pay me to go.
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The mn state fair pretty much has zero "slow" times.. Mid week, morning, it doesn't matter, it's busy.
We go for the food and people watching. Stay 4 hours and get outta there.
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Originally Posted by Chpsk8 View Post
The mn state fair pretty much has zero "slow" times.. Mid week, morning, it doesn't matter, it's busy.
We go for the food and people watching. Stay 4 hours and get outta there.
Yep. My wife and I get there early and leave by lunch time. The fact that people go at 3pm on a Saturday just boggles my mind. I'd rather drive nails through my hand.
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Usd to do to the Indiana State Fair very year - love watch the teams of draft horses, and then the draft mules pull. Absolutely amazing to see the power! Got to watch a dairy bull yank free the board he was chained to, run down an aisle, step on the board, and go ass over tea kettle. Pretty cool to see a ton of beef go airborne. They would have an award for the largest hog each year, and a thousand-pound Duroc is pretty amazing.
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Some of my best childhood memories of my stepfather were of me and him ditching my mother and goin to "da fair"

Stepfather was farmer from soix falls sd so barns, 4h and in the 70s the tractors biz on machinery hill was huge...

Concerts at bandstands, free ones were even pretty good, saw Starland vocal band perform skyrockets in flight like three times in one day LMAO!!! Went to reo sweedwagon at raceway one year...

i think Mn state fair went too urban and lost its country feel in the late 80s/90s as I went in 2005 with my old neighbor and we both shocked there wasn't even a Steiger tractor display much less a Mn mining display with a huge mining dumptruck???
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Mother in law used to be a carney and worked the fair circuit starting in Florida after the first of the year, working their way north to Minnesota and back through the mid Atlantic states through the fall, wrapping up just before Thanksgiving. Lots of colorful stories about life on the road. Said the weirdest thing was the long line at the milk concession stand in Wisconsin - they love their dairy!
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Shit. I didn't realize it was going on. I should have gone over there today.
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Please keep a single file line for the Funnel Cakes...

I used to go to the Michigan State Fair, and always wondered how could the Butter Cow (life size) not collapse under all that weight.
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That picture is a perfect example of why there is no way I will ever sign up for healthcare with premiums solely based on age and location.
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I wanna go. I'll wear my "I'm Canadian eh" T-Shirt

Does every state have a state fair?
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I believe so, and the counties do too but they are smaller
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I went to our county fair once. There were more people than teeth!

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