Friday, September 12, 2014

The Great Minnesota Get Together 2014

The wrap up of summer is always a busy time as the fall kicks into full gear. It's been a little complicated for me by the fact that my apartment was broken into two weeks ago. No one was home, and other than my computer, cash and my boyfriends play station being taken no damage was done. Which in the scheam of things, is not the worst. Unfortunately nothing on my computer was backed up which means 10 years of documents, music and photos were lost. Somewhere someone is really confused why this lady had so many pictures of yarn. I had updated most of my projects on Ravelry but there are some chunks of projects I'm missing.

Luckily I had the State Fair to cheer me up! I talked about coming back home for the Minnesota State Fair when I was still living in Chicago and it's so nice to now be a hop and skip away. In fact this year I was able to fit in two visits.

First things first, I got our maps and daily deals all organized. The coupon booklet I had already picked up prior to the start of the fair. (I'm like a blue haired lady with my coupon books, I'm always consulting it and you better believe if I owned a fanny pack I would of carried it there.)

The first day we went early before I had to work, so we hit the animal barns before they started to smell with the later heat of the day. Here we're observing a calve competition. The judges comments were one of the most interesting parts of the day for me and I could have probably stayed there for hours if we didn't have other things to hit.

We made sure to stop by and visit the largest boar in the state.

We also got to see a milking demonstration and see Princess Kay of the Milky Way in person.

Each year all of the Princess Kay of the Milky Way contestants have their images carved in butter.

The food is really a highlight every year for me. Look at how happy I am to be eating this corn dog!

That's because it's not just ANY corn dog. It's the one and only, genuine Pronto Pup.

We also had a great fry bread taco

Some delicious grilled corn

and classic Sweet Martha's Cookies. I was just going to get a cone of cookies but boyfriend in his endless wisdom said "let's just get the bucket"

The one thing I didn't get to try was the Mini Donut beer by Lift Bridge Brewery. I was really sad that they were sold out because I only heard amazing things about it. Hopefully they'll have it next year.

One of the other really fun things about the State Fair is all of the other things they have on display. I forgot to stop by the seed art displays this year but we did look at the cured meats (boyfriend approves)

and the knitting in the arts and crafts building of course.

They still haven't updated their mannequins into this decade though.

We also took the Sky Ride. Which is where you get into a small pod and travel over the fair grounds.

The view is amazing, here you can see the giant slide in yellow and green.

We had a great time this year! Thanks for the oinks State Fair. I'm looking forward to next year already. 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Happy Labor Day!

Happy Labor Day! Here's a pile of piglets from the Minnesota State Fair. 

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Shepard's Harvest

Last month I headed out to our local fiber festival, Shepard's Harvest. A quick drive from the cities it's wonderful to get out of the city and see wares from all around the Midwest.

 


 There's quite a few animal barns where farmers can bring their animals to be judged as well as sheered. I enjoyed seeing the Llamas. I love how inquisitive they look with their long necks and they way they cock their heads at you, it seems like they always have a question on their minds.


These lambs were only a few months old and ADORABLE.

It was a little difficult to not try and take one of these little buddies home! Although I think the challenges of urban lamb raising are a little beyond my capabilities currently.

I did pick up a few skeins of Quince and Co which I have been wanting to try for awhile now. The blue and pink skein are hopefully going to become a hat and the pale blue to the left is already in the process of becoming a baby sweater.

I also got a few raw fibers as I'm going to try my hand at spinning soon. More on those goodies soon.