I took the photo that is the basis of this picture at the 2011 State Fair. I treated the photo on a photo-shop-type website to make it look like a watercolor painting. I think it turned out well. See posting from Sept. 5 for original photo.
Dale took the above photo of me on one of our two visits to the State Fair this year. The following is written by him and from his blog:
"Joe and I went to the State Fair twice this year, which has never happened before. Once is usually enough but this year we went at the beginning of the Fair's run then went again just this past Friday to celebrate Joe's mom's 70th birthday by taking her to see Garrison Keillor and A Prairie Home Companion at the Grandstand."
"The picture above is of Joe outside the Horticulture Building. In Colorado, the State Fair is not part of the shared state culture, so my family never attended, nor did anyone I knew. When I moved here, I realized it is very much part of the culture of the state and almost everyone goes or has gone and everyone knows about it, regardless."
Joe has very fond and long memories of the State Fair, and compared anticipating it and experiencing it much the same way as kids anticipate and experience Christmas. I like this picture of him because his pleasure being at the Fair is just obvious. And it gives him an opportunity to wear his European Man Clutch."
Today is Labor Day and that means it's the last day of the fair for 2011. I can't believe it's over and that summer is winding down but, I guess, all good things must come to an end. Looking forward to next year already!
After my experience with the deep fried apple pie it was time to go home. It was past 10:30 and many things were closing down. The midway and lots of food booths were still open so bright lights were gleaming everywhere. Here are a couple of stands we passed on the long walk back from the southern grounds of the fair to the parking lots on the northern end near Larpenteur Avenue.
On our first trip to the fair this year, Dale and I found a booth that was selling deep fried apple pie. It sounded intriguing but, at the time we discovered it, we had both eaten enough for the day and were not willing to take in any more food. I was bound and determined to try it on our second fair outing for 2011. After the Prairie Home performance, Mom, Dale and I trekked across the grounds to get to the Minneapple Pie booth. It was worth it. The pie was like the ones McDonald's used to sell only 10 times better. You also got your choice of vanilla or cinnamon ice cream to go with it. I went with cinnamon which was a great pairing. Three of the fair's food judges were guests on the Prairie Home performance we had just seen and they sampled about three different fair foods as part of the show. One of the foods they sampled was the same deep fried pie I'm now writing about. They all liked it to one degree or another. One of them even said it had a good "mouth feel", whatever that means. Another, while generally liking it said it had too much crust. I remember leaning over to Mom and saying, "How can you have too much crust? I'd eat it all by itself!" I remember Mom making pie crust cookies with extra pie dough when she made pies years ago. Anyway, the fair's deep fried apple pie was worth seeking out.
Top two photos taken July 26, 2011. Bottom photo taken September 2, 2011.
More members of The Royal Academy of Radio Actors including (from left) Tim Russell and Sue Scott. I'm not sure of the name of the woman on the far left but she's very talented. The Guy Noir segment was quite funny. It involved a vegan radical threatening to set of a stink bomb at the fair if all the animals weren't released.
Although we were 24 rows back, our seats offered a great view of the stage. Garrision Keillor is the luminous figure on the right. The three to the left are members of The Royal Academy of Radio Actors including Tom Keith and Fred Newman.
We were also very close to the jumbo-tron. Above is Garrison Keillor doing what he does so well.
Although I've listened on the radio for many, many years, I've never seen a live performance of A Prairie Home Companion. Mom, Dale and I saw the show at the State Fair Grandstand last night and had a ball. Garrison Keillor was in perfect form and because I'm used to listening without seeing him, it was fun to see his facial expressions along with his delivery. The show regulars including The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band and the Royal Academy of Radio Actors were all there along with guests The Jayhawks and violinist/vocalist Sara Watkins.
Dale, Mom and I went to the fair last night to see Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. It's been a long, long time since I've seen a Grandstand show and even longer since I've been to the fair twice in one season. The show was fantastic (more on that later). I find the above photos adorable and the bottom one confirms Dale's habit of pushing people's button's...
Found this photo in the Strib. Dale and I saw folks with head gear just like this woman is wearing. I believe they were handing these out at the Gander Mountain booth. They're so goofy I think they might be fun to wear!
This past Saturday I read in the Strib about a place at the State Fair called the Blue Moon Dine-In Theater. I haven't heard of it before but I guess it's been there about 5 years now. This year they're offering sweet corn ice cream which is supposed to be quite good. There are three toppings to choose from which are: a cinnamon-scented blueberry compote, a butter sauce with hints of bacon and, finally, crunchy candied peanuts. I would have sought it out had I known about it on our visit last Friday. Good thing we're planning on going to the fair twice this year!
I love the Skyride! It's one of my favorite things to do at the fair. This photo was taken by me just before Dale and I got in line to buy tickets. We opted for the round trip ride. The green car on the right is leaving the station and the blue car on the left is coming in. We didn't have to wait very long and when our turn came we were put in a green car.
This is the last year for the Epiphany Diner is sad because it's been part of the fair for the last 46 years. I've eaten there and at some of the other church diners before and it really is a down home experience as the fare is very traditional. The St. Bernard's Diner closed its doors a few years ago and now I believe Epiphany is the last one. It's the end of an era for a particular type of food experience at the fair.