minnesota state fair – part 2

We took a girls only trip to the fair today. We started off the day with fried pickles stuffed with cream cheese and served with ranch from Preferred Pickle. We ate most of them before we remembered to get a picture.

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We couldn’t resist getting the garlic fries again from The Ball Park Cafe. This time we got mini donut beer with a cinnamon sugar rim. Yum and yum.

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We had to get cheese curds again, so this time we tried Original Cheese Curds. The Mouth Trap was better. After Emma ate lunch we stopped for snow ribbons at Blue Moon Dine-In Theater. Today’s flavors were chocolate or grapefruit.

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We finished off the day with blue cheese corn fritters from The Blue Barn.

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Our non-eating activities included taking a picture with Fairborne, one of the fair mascots. Emma wasn’t impressed… in case you couldn’t tell.

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We checked out the baby animals in the Miracle of Birth Center. It is the birthplace of nearly 200 calves, lambs, goats and piglets during the 12 days of the fair.

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Emma got to pet a baby bunny and a baby goat. Not a fan of the bunny.

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Loved the goat.

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One of the highlights of the day for Emma… the bus ride to and from the park and ride lot.

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minnesota state fair

Today was a day we’ve been looking forward to for a long time. We started early ( 10 AM ) and didn’t leave until after 4 PM. 6+ hours of eating, walking and playing in the grass.

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Our first food stop… Sweet Martha’s chocolate chip cookies.

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Next up cheese curds from The Mouth Trap ( half eaten by the time we got a picture ) and garlic French fries from The Ball Park Cafe.

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We washed them down with a beer for Braden and frozen Mike’s Hard Lemonade for the girls ( excluding Emma of course ).

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After that we got Strawberries ‘n Creme and let Emma play in the grass for a while.

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While in search of fried pickles we stumbled upon fried olives… stuffed with cream cheese and served with ranch. Uh… delicious.

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We finished off our first fair outing with a corn dog… not pictured because who hasn’t seen a corn dog?

Besides eating we checked out the animal barns ( horses, cows, sheep, chickens and rabbits ), took a break to smell flowers and just about walked the entire fairgrounds. Our legs and feet hurt. I’m pretty sure we’re all going to sleep good tonight.

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success!

We had a fun filled playgroup this morning. 6 moms and 9 kids. Whew. The big favorites – my little ponies, the rainbow rocker and the busy ball popper. Emma hid in the corner for a little while, then started handing her toys to the other kids and moms. Such a sweet girl.

We ran some errands after a nap and lunch, then stopped at the park on our way home.

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my little pony

Tomorrow Emma and I are hosting playgroup at our house. It will be the first time we’ve ever had kids over, so it will be interesting to see how Emma reacts when she sees other kids playing with her toys.

There is one older girl in the bunch, so today I got out some of my old my little ponies. They got their manes and tails brushed, and some even got a little trim. It’s a good thing my mom kept these and gave them to me before we moved.

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