Friday, August 29, 2014

Our Minnesota State Fair trips—mostly, seed art!

Emma and I only made two trips to the State Fair this year. I brought along my old iPod and took a few pictures, which I rarely do because my general philosophy is that you can experience an event or record it. And okay, if experiencing recording something is your idea of fun, fine, but it ain't mine. So most of our State Fair experience is not recorded here.

Emma does like to take pictures sometimes. On our first trip, she decided to take pictures of things that amused her, so I decided to take pictures of her taking pictures. (Yes, inside, I'm still thirteen.) If she posts hers, I'll add a link.

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A warm-up picture that I like, even if it's not in focus.

My favorite picture of Emma taking a picture.

Just because.

 Emma realizes I've been taking pictures of her taking pictures. (That sign amused her.)

Steampunk made it to the fair.

Dr. Who did, too. In seed art, like the next few pics.

I wish I had a better picture of the piece on the right. Emma thought it would inspire a great book cover.

Anti-racists have yet to convince Minnesota's Asian community that "Oriental" is offensive. (ETA: As noted in a Twitter discussion, I don't remember hearing anyone refer to a person as Oriental in ages. But the word is still very common in business names.)

Butter sculptures being carved of Princess Kay and the princesses of the Milky Way. No, I didn't move—the platform rotates so everyone can get a good look at art in progress.

A bird of prey at the DNR area.

Emma and Betsy Pucci Stemple.

Proof that Republicans are stealth socialists.

A selfie.

A twofie.

This is a horribly unrepresentative record of our time at the fair. Maybe next year, I'll take pics of what we eat. Which always includes deep fried cheese curds in the food hall, honey lemonade, honey ice cream, all the milk you can drink, and craft beer. We had the beer-battered onion rings at the Ball Park Cafe for the first time, and they were mighty fine. But really, it's the greatest state fair. You can't go wrong.