Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Great Minnesota Get Together {2010}

Sunday, September 5, 2010

It was the day after Jenny and Dan's wedding. Super tired, but determined to get to the fair for awhile and enjoy some of our favorites. We were only there for about 4 hours and got in our favorite staples. Wayne had a media parking pass, so we didn't have to park very far from an entrance. We entered by Judson & Underwood where the KDWB boombox is located across the street from the haunted house. I had forgot my sweatshirt in the other vehicle we left behind as we rode together in one vehicle down to the fairgrounds. So we stopped at the KDWB booth and purchased me a new sweatshirt (pictured farther down). I also noticed all the "jock" cards were up. 

This is Wayne's aka Big D.

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As we were leaving the booth we ran into Rachel & Evan (Wayne's cousin).  They are getting married October 16, 2010. They live in Grand Forks, so we don't get to see them all that often. It was a delightful surprise. They had been there since 8am and actually took their engagement pictures at the fair. Very cool idea. Here's us:

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After chatting a bit we realized we hadn't gotten anything to eat. I normally hate onions, but there are a few exceptions...certain kinds of onion rings and the Flowering Onion. It's one of my faves.

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We killed it. We also each enjoyed a pronto pup, shared a part of a bucket of Sweet Martha's cookies (took the majority of the bucket home) and shared an order of cheese curds. I was really proud of us as we didn't over eat and spend a lot of money. Just enough to get our yearly fix at the fair. While standing by the booth eating I snapped this picture of the crowd:

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Two things I have to do each year: 1. Miracle of Birth barn and 2. Pet Center. The only bad part is that they are on opposite ends of the fair. We visited the Miracle of Birth center first. I love all the mama's and their babies and am so intrigued on when there are animals that are almost ready to give birth. These are some little piggies that were just born the day before:

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We stayed there for a bit as there was a cow getting ready to give birth within the hour, but it was just too crowded and we really didn't want to wait that long. I always feel sorry for the animal because it's such a production and they have camera's all up in their faces and "areas". You can obviously tell the animal is uncomfortable. I know that's the point of having the barn and hence the miracle of "birth" part of it. I also know there are Dr's on site and all the animals are well taken care of. We then headed up to the Pet Center to see all the dogs on display. I have to say that I was really disappointed this year in not only the variety of dogs, but also the quantity. It seems like it is less and less every year.

We had planned on meeting up with Jenny & Dan (the newlyweds) and some other friends at the fair. They took the bus and it took them a lot longer to actually get to the fair than planned. We did end up meeting up for a few minutes on our way out.

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Top Row: Me & Wayne
Bottom Row: Matt B., Matt W., Jenny, Dan, Ann & Ashley

And of course, here is our special picture of the day:

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Thanks for stopping by.

Leah