Monday, September 23, 2013

State Fair 2013 - Break in the Clouds

Our second trip to the Fair in 2013 occurred on a cloudy day. As the sun began to set it finally pushed through the clouds for a little bit. This photo is looking toward the Midway and features Dale in the bottom left hand corner.

State Fair 2013 - Malt Stand

Photo taken Sept. 1, 2013

State Fair 2013 - Giant Slide

Behind the Giant Slide
Photo taken Sept. 1, 2013

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

2013 Attendance Record - Actually, All Time Attendance Record

Sunday September 1, our second Fair visit of the year, actually turned out to set a record. Dale and I knew it was crowded that day but we didn't realize just how crowded. It turns out 236,197 people showed up that day which is a record for the largest single-day attendance in State Fair history.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

State Fair 2013 - Sky Glider

State Fair 2013 - Sky Glider

Above photo of Kidway taken during our Sky Glider ride tonight. 

State Fair 2013 - Sky Glider

The Sky Glider runs from a point just off the Midway up to the north side of the Fair, near the Pet Center.  Dale and I took it last year for the first time and we did it again this year. Although the sign says the ride doesn't stop, it stopped about four different times just in the 7 or so minutes we waited to get on it. One of those times was due to having to load a giant stuffed pig someone had won! Anyway, the ride is slow and relaxing. We rode it after dark and it was fun to see all the lights from up above. The above photo was taken on August 23, 2013 during our first Fair visit this year.

State Fair 2013 (2nd Trip) - DFL Stand

I had my picture taken with Barack last year. I figured I'd let Michelle and Bo have a turn this year (although in fairness to them, they weren't at the DFL booth in 2012).

State Fair 2013 (2nd Trip) - Hamline Dining Hall

One of the food items on my list to try this year was Mini Donut Batter Crunch Ice Cream by Izzy's. It was being sold at the Hamline Church Dining Hall on Dan Patch Avenue.  The Hamline Dining Hall has been there for years. In fact, I remember taking my younger brother Pete there on a trip we made to the Fair way back in 1989. As far as I know it's the last of the church dining halls left at the fair. Anyway, when Dale and I got there, they were out of the Mini Donut Batter Crunch. I went with mint chip in a cone and they topped it off for me with a scoop of sea salt and caramel by Izzy's. Dale got his in a cup and had the a scoop of the sea salt and caramel with a scoop of mint chip. Very delicious.

State Fair 2013 - Sling Shot

State Fair 2013 (2nd Trip) - The Big Andy

A new Fair food I wanted to try was the Big Andy from Andy's Grill located on Carnes Avenue near Chambers Street. It's basically a Philly steak sandwich and quite delicious at that.

State Fair 2013 (2nd Trip) - Ye Old Mill

This is probably the oldest ride at the fair but I have never in my LIFE been on it. This year I figured it was about time I give it a go. Dale really had no interest in trying it out but was a good sport and agreed to accompany me. How was it? It was very dark the majority of the ride but every so often our personal boat would glide by a diorama of Bambi, leprechauns, or some other such thing. During our last visit I told Charisse that I one day planned to try the ride out. She told me to be sure to give Dale a kiss once we entered the darkness. I did just that but Dale wasn't interested in reciprocating. Oh well. I guess tunnels of love are meant for the young.

State Fair 2013 (2nd Trip) - Deep Fried Bread Pudding

This came from O'Gara's and was quite good. The name says it all.

State Fair 2013 (2nd Trip) - Fine Arts Building

Saw some interesting stuff.

State Fair 2013 (2nd Trip) - Two in One Year!

My hope to visit the Fair a second time this year came true! Dale, bless him, agreed to take me again. We had an amazing time and also bumped into Donna, a colleague of mine from school, and her two daughters.