Kevin Price, Editor in Chief of USDR, recently paid a visit to the Minnesota State Fair. In a recent article in one of our sister news sites, USA Daily Chronicles, he reflected on how it was a great learning experience on how NOT to go to the fair.
When I was a kid growing up in the Detroit suburb of Ferndale, Michigan, I always looked forward to the state fair — even thought it symbolically meant that summer was over and school was about to start. I had not been to a state fair since my teens. Sure, I’ve been to things similar to them, but not an actual state fair. That is, until yesterday.
While visiting family I noticed that Minnesota was enjoying its annual fair and I decided to make a day of it, even though I could not get any buy in by others. It was just me. I arrived at around 11 in the morning and left around 8 pm. I walked around 12 miles, according to my pedometer. I was exhausted, but in a good way.
This morning I debated writing about it and then saw a great article entitled “A Newbie at the Minnesota State Fair.” With a title like that, it was certainly going to capture my attention. I was a newbie yesterday and I was at that actual fair! I wish I had seen the article a couple of days before because it was full of practical advice:
“Locals gush about the 80-plus different foods served on sticks, the beauty queens carved in 90-pound blocks of butter, the giant Ferris wheels and the 1,450-pound swine.
“They urge (or, better yet, compel) you to watch the Llama Costume Contest; to avoid the Kidway, whatever that is; to wear comfortable shoes; to take the SkyGlider chairlift instead of the Skyride because it’s better for photos; and to bring along a trusted guide.”
I certainly could have used the guide… (READ MORE)