Pre-show (and pre-storm), Minnesota State Fair Grandstand
Ride the Sky Glider
Machinery Hill Kidway, MN State Fair
Onion ring showdown was no contest – tradition wins
It’s been years since I went on that – wonder if it has AC?
Horticulture Building, Minnesota State Fair
The Mouth Trap cheese curds in the Food Building are better than the original…
Fresh French Fries & Pronto Pups, Minnesota State Fair
Kid two and Fairchild in a forced pose, Heritage Square, Minnesota State Fair
Minnesota Newspaper Museum
Long-time fair employee
Holy shit…how awesome is that?
Cheese Dog at the Kettle Corn stand, Heritage Square
I was within and without, simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life…Originally published by DK on August 31, 2013 at 10:53 am
Kid one at her new job, Eagan Cold Stone
Just give me time, you know your desires and mine…
Twist and chocolate glaze donut, Mel-O-Glaze Bakery, Minneapolis
New baby blue Mizuno Wave Rider 16s from Marathon Sports
Sabo Bridge, Minneapolis
Lake of the Isles, Minneapolis
Early morning long run
http://www.vogue.com/magazine/article/hail-to-the-chief-yahoos-marissa-mayer/Originally published by DK on August 29, 2013 at 10:03 pm
Level 27 buzzer, Soudan Mine
Good Ol’ Days Bar and Grill
The machine room at Soudan
Soudan Mine State Park
Soudan Mine Tour
Minnesota Gold Mining Co.
Red Quartz, Soudan Mine
Elisha J. Morcom, Jr. and Ted Wheeler
I’ve been married two times, but the third time’s gonna be the charm…
IGT’s Footloose penny slot machine
Bay View Lodge, Lake Vermilion
Birch Point Marina, Lake Vermilion
Kid two makes the big leap, Lake Vermilion
Crayfish trap on Birch Point
Kid two and friends floating in Lake Vermilion
I took fifteen speed pills, and I got into a contest with Liza Minnelli over who could roar most like a jaguar. She simply sounded like a stupid lion.Originally published by DK on August 27, 2013 at 10:26 pm
Canoeing on Everett Bay, Lake Vermilion
Pier 77 mini-golf, Lake Vermilion
It’s fun to charter an accountant, and sail the wide accountancy…Originally published by DK on August 27, 2013 at 3:38 pm
Don’t really have much to write regarding this show that I haven’t already written about the many other times we have seen Robert Cray: his blues guitar is amazing and I could listen to Jim Pugh play the Hammond organ all day. Les Falconer on drums and Richard Cousins on bass round out the group (and were very good too).
This was probably the hottest show I’ve seen at the zoo (and the first time I’ve really had any bug problems). The seats and rows seemed extra close together – probably because I didn’t want anyone near me as I sat sweating profusely. It was nice to run in to Shaun Irwin again at a show (he was at Alabama Shakes) and I was envious of his third row center seats.
Don’t have access to a set list (Chris Riemenschneider was off in Canada covering the Replacements), but it seemed like a nice mix of old and new songs, with the always excellent Time Makes Two closing out the encore with that hypnotizing drum hook.
Up next: Macklemore Saturday night at the State Fair Grandstand.
Lunch at the Tower Cafe with kid two and friends
Dinner at Sawmill Saloon, Virginia, Minnesota
Fortune Bay Resort Casino, Tower, Minnesota
It was a warm 80F degrees when I woke up for the 2013 edition of the Minnesota State Fair Milk Run 5K today, with sunny skies and a bit of humidity. This was the sixth year in a row I’ve made kid one run (much to her chagrin) and the third where the kids wanted to run at their own pace.
I wasn’t expected a PR opportunity in this weather, but was hoping to beat last year’s time of 23:53. According to the Garmin, my splits were 6:54, 7:32 (damn those hills) and 7:08, for a final watch time of 22:27 (7:14 pace). It also said there was 102 feet of elevation gain, but it felt like more. That time was good enough for 67th overall and 5th in my age group.
For the first time, we stuck around for part of the awards ceremony, where I learned the top three people in each age group get ribbons. I’ll switch from M40 to M45 next year, which actually might make it harder to get a ribbon: third place needed a 21:05 this year for M40, 20:13 for M45 and 20:29 for M50. Lots of fast old guys!
Kid one kicked it in and beat kid two this year, 41:49 vs. 43:55. Congrats to both of them – so proud (even if they hate doing it).
Today was going to be new food day for me, as we are also going next Saturday for the Macklemore & Ryan Lewis concert at the Grandstand and I figured I’d save the favorites for then. Turned out I started with Sweet Martha’s Cookies, a Pronto Pup and the Corn Roast, so that didn’t exactly pan out.
I did end up hitting French Meadow for the dough-sant, Cinnie Smiths mini cinnamon rolls, Gizmo sandwich, honey lemonade and honey sticks at the Horticulture Building and Comet Corn from Blue Moon Dine-In Theater. All were OK, but nothing really to add to the classics list. I also had a frozen cider pop from Minnesota Apples and my free vanilla malt at the Dairy Building, both of which felt great in the 96F afternoon sunshine.
On the agenda for next time: another Pronto Pup, Fresh French Fries, Danielson Onion Rings, Ball Park Cafe onion rings, Izzy’s mini donut ice cream, Duke’s Poutine and mac and cheese on a stick from Axel’s Bonfire.
Go to the fair, Templeton, you will find that it will surpass your wildest dreams…Originally published by DK on August 25, 2013 at 3:45 pm
Minnesota State Fair (free) annual button
Starts off good…
MN State Fair fire tower panorama
DNR fire tower, MN State Fair
New fish tanks, DNR Building
The Bee Hive, Horticulture Building
Machinery Hill, MN State Fair
Free cell phone charging station, HealthFair11
The Gizmo on Machinery Hill
Cinnie Smiths in the heat
Free corn, courtesy of the Corn Queen
The French Meadow dough-sant was good, but not great
Wiener Dun in a Bun
Kid one at Sweet Martha’s Cookies, MN State Fair
Kid one and two at the 2013 Minnesota State Fair Milk Run 5K
Mike Wilmot at Mystic Lake
The Lobby Lounge Jamison special, Mystic Lake Casino
Kid one going to work at the fair
14th hole, Willingers Golf Club, Northfield
Originally published by DK on August 23, 2013 at 8:58 pm