Daddy John: It's the last few days of August and first few days of September, and that can only mean one thing--The Great Minnesota Get Together a.k.a. the Minnesota State Fair!
This was where Daddy Steve and I had our third date, and we've been coming back every year. None of the boys seemed too excited about coming along, but Stephen Orange expressed interest and so we brought him along.
Living in the 'big city' as we do, it's easy to forget that the Fair was started by the Minnesota Agricultural Society back in 1859. Minnesota is still an agricultural state, so we decided to enjoy some of that side of things, as well as the other popular sights and sounds (more on that later).
First up, the ever-popular Miracle of Birth Center. Or, after watching several monitors running live births from earlier in the week, as Daddy John referred to it, the Slimy & Disgusting Miracle of Birth Center.
Stephen: A lamb being watched over by its mother.
Stephen: The piglets are all trying to 'hog' the heat lamp to stay warm.
Daddy John: Excellent, pun, Stephen. That's my boy.
Stephen: Baby chicks! I suppose they'll grow up to look like those chickens we saw earlier.
A special area of the Fair is called Machinery Hill and back in the day it presented all of the latest farm equipment and technology. Machinery Hill was my grandfather's favorite place at the Fair. These days, however, it's a much smaller spot and now only antique equipment is on display.
Stephen: What kind of tractor is that, Daddy John?
Daddy John: It's a 1908 Hart-Parr. If Grandpa were still here, I know he could tell us all about it and probably a story about someone he knew who had one.
No agricultural tour of the Fair would be complete without a stop in the actual Agricultural Building to see...Seed Art! Creative types from all over the state arrange amazing pictures using nothing but native seeds and grasses. There's always a line in front of this display; pictures range from celebrities to local culture to politics. Here are two of our favorites from this year.
Stephen: Who is that?
Daddy John: That's the musician Prince. He was from Minnesota and passed away last year.
Stephen: I know this one! That's David Bowie! I'll bet our Bowie's friend Rebel would like this.
Stephen: What shall we do next?
Daddy John: Why don't we go on a couple of rides?
Stephen: Yeah! Yay!
To read more about the Great Minnesota Get Together, go here: Minnesota State Fair