The Minnesota State Fair. You have to be from this region to understand it. It is a huge twelve day extravaganza of people and anything you can imagine to eat, and much that you can't, on a stick! I think it's the only place you can go where there is mom & pop from 'up north', a biker dude who looks as if he has been using heroin for a decade, colorfully tattooed and pierced individuals, soccer moms & dads pushing a stroller, kids on a leash as well as the multitude of Minnesotans just like me or my friend Jeni. All with one thing in common: greasy, fried food, lots of it on a stick. The powerful among us are as likely to be seen with a corn dog stuffed into their mouth as the least among us. This thing we call The Great Minnesota Get-Together usually attracts well over a million people during its twelve day run. It is a upper-midwest spectacle of gluttony and strange.
An elderly man & a dad with his daughter taking a spin on the dance floor to cajun music.
Senator Al Franken in the midst of his constituents. Politicians in Minnesota are expected to attend the fair and to answer to the people. I think this is a very good thing, it brings them to ground and makes them face the person on the street.
Senator Amy Klobuchar. I told Jeni that going to the fair with me meant waiting for our elected officials to show and answer questions. Jeni found she actually got into it!
Minnesota cooks. A presentation of sustainable agriculture with local chefs preparing food for the panel to eat. The mayor of Minneapolis and a local long time news anchor on on the panel.
Lamb and dam. The sheep were stressed.
As we rested a bit, Jeni checked her messages and found out she finally got a job. After 10 long, hard months, she has been hired for a great job that will challenge her as well as simply employ her. It became a very good time at the fair after that little rest!