July 24, 2013
I have great memories of going to the Minnesota State Fair with my family. We'd eat Tiny Tom donuts, and wait in line forever just to go through the haunted house. I even worked at the fair's famous Pancake House one summer. Things came full circle for me when I interned at WLOL and handed out bumper stickers during the live broadcasts.
This time honored tradition is on many summer 'must do' lists. Here's why one mom from Momtastic.com feels this summer activity is one of the best memories:
1. Fair food. Every other week of the year, we will tell our children to eat lightly steamed vegetables and fresh fruits, but during this week, we get to experience the joy and pain of fair food. From butter to bacon, fritters to funnel cake, and corn dogs to cotton candy, the fair is a gastronomic delight .
2. Carnival rides. With names like Bumbo the Flying Elephant and Tracey Junior's Train Ride, the carnival is a kids' favorite part of the fair. For the price of a wrist bracelet they run through the fun house, climb to the top of the giant slide, and ride a roller coaster in the shape of a dragon.
- Animals. Giant barns are filled with the sound of sheep and goats, pigs and cows. You can wander through and look at the wiggly tails, pet the shorn sheep, and feel how very soft a cow's nose really is.
4. Free Entertainment. While there are a lot of paid shows on the Grand Stands and Main Stages at the local fairs, some of the most fun entertainment will be free. Where else can you watch a hypnotist mesmerize, child dance troupes tap across the stage, and burgeoning artists rile up the crowd for the price of your fair admission?
- Home Arts. Every year jams, pickles, photographs, and whatever craft may fit a category have a chance to win a prize. It's fun to wander through the show rooms and view the displays.
Go to the Fair! And post your pictures on your station's Facebook page.
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