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It was pretty rainy when I arrived...



The pretty logo had been trodden and muddied



First stop of course was the SCOTCH EGG BOOTH



What's a scotch egg, you ask - geez, you ask this every year. Well, here it is.



And here's what it looks like, swimming in horseradish sauce. BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS



Next stop was the pickle dog booth!



As I have mentioned in years past, a pickle dog is a pickle spear and cream cheese wrapped by a slice of pastrami. It is delicious.



I was sure to take note of all the local news folk loading up the opening day schedule (wow, THE Chris Shaffer?) since the WCCO booth was on the way to the ag building, where I was meeting up with my in-laws



Holy crap, somebody actually BOUGHT and WEARS one of these shirts in public



At the apple booth, the frozen cider is one of the cheapest things you can buy at the fair - STILL just 75 cents - and it goes down easy



It's bigger than it looks!



I'll take some pictures of the crop art another day, but for now here's a display of vintage seed bags



The most violet violets I saw



The rundown of who gets the flower rooms what days (I almost always seem to be there on a bonsai day, that'll probably happen again this year)



The 990 pound pumpkin. (Joel: "I've seen bigger other years")



Sometimes the eggplants are so striking you must preserve them through photojournalism



The largest tomato and largest scalloped squash of the fair - I have spared you the longest green bean



The decorated pumpkins were all UGLY. I think that witch one started out as Vice President Cheney. I actually took this picture because I liked the squash airplane



The ubiquitous PRONTO PUP



I call it a corn dog, yet that batter isn't really "corn dog" material - the folks love these



Only $25 for a TK HAT



My father-in-law took the camera while I enjoyed the corn



Wow, my mouth can't get any bigger than right here



I realised later that I neglected to snap a photo of the corn booth, but if you squint you can see it to the left in this picture Pop took



New this year is a compost heap set up for all the cobs



If you poke your camera in, this is what you'll see - that's a lotta cobs (and napkins)



The "World's Greatest Fries" - they're okay



Again, I forgot to take a photo until we were halfway through



And of course, some Dr Pepper and root beer to wash it down (actually, this was my first caffeine of the day)



FUDGE PUPPIES - a Belgian waffle on a stick...



...covered with chocolate and whipped cream on top. But no sprinkles! For every sprinkle I find, I shall kill you



Here's the Nitro ice cream stand. Their gimmick is they use LIQUID NITROGEN to freeze the ice cream quickly into this really hard concoction



...which (of course) is quite delicious



This is Mr. E's Drink Time! It's the cheapest 33 ounces of pop you can get at the fair. I always get several Wild Cherry Pepsis here



Meeting up with Kim, we headed to the Creative Arts building. Pop entered a collection of vintage fishing lures and took a blue ribbon!



Not bad for a first attempt!



My mother-in-law is reflected in the window, too



And here's me



This is an ad from a 1947 magazine. The three lures in the previous photo are the same ones featured in this ad!



Kim and I head to Schumacher's for a pork chop on a stick



This thing is UNBELIEVABLE. In fact, it is so beloved, that Schumacher closed all his restaurants and only bothered doing business during the state fair. Or so I heard



The infamous SPAM CURD booth



And here's what they look like



When you scrape off the breading, you actually find it's the "Spam with Cheese" variety - I don't know if you can tell in this photo or not, but those little "holes" are actually where the cheese ends up



Kim wanted an ear - she lucked into a nice, charred specimen



And here's what it looks like with the flash!



Back to the WCCO Radio house for some free water courtesy of KINETICO (and their creepy, Jon Benet-esque mascot)



THE MOUTH TRAP - the "best" cheese curds at the fair.



Definitely the most expensive - they raised their prices! Is NOTHING sacred?



Man, they're good, though



While we were eating, we kept hearing familiar sounds from the Leinie Lodge - finally, we decided we'd better walk over and see if it really was who we thought it was...



It was.



I didn't bother trying to get a good picture, but that's the man himself. What's weird is that "Styx" is set to be part of the last day's grandstand show, so I don't know how they're gonna sound if DeYoung isn't with them - besides, THIS was a FREE show and the Def Leppard/Styx/Foreigner show is (get this) $54!!!!! DeYoung ALSO plays tomorrow night - wonder if we should go back.



Take a bow, young man.

THE END (of this part)

Next trip (probably): SATURDAY




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I haven't had decent cheese curd since leaving the Adirondacks last year. That looked delicious. Were they nice and squeaky?



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    Originally posted by CRZ


    I call it a corn dog, yet that batter isn't really "corn dog" material - the folks love these


Why, that Pronto Pup is nearly as big as that dude!



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    Originally posted by CRZ
    While we were eating, we kept hearing familiar sounds from the Leinie Lodge - finally, we decided we'd better walk over and see if it really was who we thought it was...



Man, Ryan Shupe and the Rubber Band are awesome. Dennis DeYoung: The Music of Styx was just in this area as well. A friend of mine had tickets, but she didn't go because it rained that night.
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    Originally posted by CRZ


The owner already pissed cause we sorta late
But our corn and our clothes gotta COORDINATE




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Spam curds. That's positively brilliant.

I may have to drive up there this weekend just to try the Scotch Egg.

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Good Lord man. Do you not eat a week before this thing? How are you not pooping at the fair?




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Showing an amazing display of shortsightedness, I booked my trip to Minneapolis for the week *before* the fair, so it pains me to look at your pictures.

At least I came on a week where the weather was absolutely beautiful (crazy storm last Monday notwithstanding).



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    Originally posted by Guru Zim
    Good Lord man. Do you not eat a week before this thing? How are you not pooping at the fair?
The night before, we ate at Fogo de Chão (fogodechao.com) which totally cleaned me out.

Also, c'mon - you're talking to ME here.



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Great pics, and I've gotta get somewhere to try a scotch egg...I've been meaning too since you first introduced us to them.

On the other hand...I could only eat one of those items without fear of intestinal distress. (Since I had the gallbladder out anyhow.)

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    Originally posted by Guru Zim
    Good Lord man. Do you not eat a week before this thing? How are you not pooping at the fair?


I had to go poop just thinking about eating all of that.
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When I saw the logo at the top of the board yesterday I knew this was coming and it did NOT disappoint. Thanks for sharing your incredible eating marathon and the descriptions of the "unusual eats". Wish we got neat stuff like that at our State Fair (plus the Def Lep/Styx/Foreigner show cost like $65 here??).



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    As I have mentioned in years past, a pickle dog is a pickle spear and cream cheese wrapped by a slice of pastrami. It is delicious

My aunt makes these every year when our family gets together for Christmas...my dad and I pretty much force her to, then we fight it out to see who can eat the most of them.



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The pictorial adds way more to the allure of the food, also. Thanks for the visuals!




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I'm really wary of the scotch egg, but I would knock someone down to get to a scotch meatball.

And just as they were getting up, I'd knock them down again to get to the Spam curds.



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I was hoping you would try the new Viper Jerky -- the jerky that is allegedly so hot you must be 18 and sign a waiver to eat it.

If only to find out 1. If it is really snake meat or just an edgy name and 2. If it's as hot as waiver-necessary.



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According to the fair's website, some place is selling Sloppy Joes on a Stick. Zed, I demand you find one and eat one. And take pictures. I will pay for it.



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A Wine Bar with Porkchops!

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    Originally posted by CRZ
    Next trip (probably): SATURDAY


Well?? Didja go?




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    Originally posted by pieman
      Originally posted by CRZ
      Next trip (probably): SATURDAY


    Well?? Didja go?
I'm way behind.



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