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7 minutes ago, The Gnat said:

Anyone else going to the Minnesota State Fair (The Great Minnesota Sweat Together)? If so, what are some of your favorite things to do/eat there. My wife, I, and a group of friends are going on Saturday, which looks like it should be a great day, so probably 260+k people through the gates. It'll be inane, but it's always fun, and we make most of a day of it, going around noon and then leaving around 9 or 10. We have our favorite foods to get, deep fried brie, cheese curds, fried mashed potatoes on a stick, and we generally try a new thing or two, plus the beer from the Ag building. We'll stick around late so we can catch a little bit of the free Foghat show on the Leinies stage.

I went on Saturday. The Walleye Cakes from Giggles Campfire Grill are one of my favorite things at the fair, plus there's a coupon for them if you bought the book. I also tried the Duck Bacon Wontons there and they were great. I didn't get anything out of the ordinary, just the "normal" foods and beers. The Gizmo Sandwich is really tasty. 

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This is the first year I'm not going in 6-7 years. The one thing I always get are the beef kebabs from this little stand near the food building (right across from the baseball themed restaurant/bar)  that has kebabs and turkey legs. They are just always my favorite thing. Also the corn and cheese curds.

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10 hours ago, The Gnat said:

Anyone else going to the Minnesota State Fair (The Great Minnesota Sweat Together)? If so, what are some of your favorite things to do/eat there. My wife, I, and a group of friends are going on Saturday, which looks like it should be a great day, so probably 260+k people through the gates. It'll be inane, but it's always fun, and we make most of a day of it, going around noon and then leaving around 9 or 10. We have our favorite foods to get, deep fried brie, cheese curds, fried mashed potatoes on a stick, and we generally try a new thing or two, plus the beer from the Ag building. We'll stick around late so we can catch a little bit of the free Foghat show on the Leinies stage.

260 thousand people.  Sheesh!  It's gonna be a slow ride home.

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2 hours ago, cckoonie said:

Sheesh!  It's gonna be a slow ride home.

That's why we always take the park and ride, so we don't have to drive in the traffic right there.

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We used to go almost every year when I was a kid, but since I don't live there, I've only been there twice in the last 20 years (once when my daughter was a year old...she's 19 now and about 5 years ago just after I got married).  I would always advise to take the park and ride though, as that's what my wife and I did that last time.  There's absolutely no reason to get caught up in that mess...and have to pay extra to do so.  :D

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2 hours ago, SteelKing728 said:

since we're doing 5000 or bust this year, are we doing the other challenges too? Defense one, pick em' etc..?

It's up to the guys who started them previously.

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The State Fair was a blast on Saturday, but so crowded, 6k short of the record, but 254k is still a lot of people. Tried a lot of fun foods and beers and had a blast. We had a nice group of people, so that was a bit tricky to keep track of at times, but meant that we were able to try more foods and beers.

Mini-Donut Beer - great

S'Mores Beer - Just normal, and the extra stuff, not needed for it

Maple Bacon Beer - Normal solid beer

Pickle Beer - Surprisingly good, tasted like an EPA with pickle juice

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On 9/4/2017 at 7:41 AM, Klomp said:

It's up to the guys who started them previously.

I wouldn't mind hosting the defense game again but I will be too busy to update it every week. I would either have to tag team it or people would have to be okay with having it updated every few weeks. 

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On 9/5/2017 at 9:25 AM, The Gnat said:

Pickle Beer - Surprisingly good, tasted like an EPA with pickle juice

I'm amazed this is so out of the usual. Just as common as Tomato Beers back home.

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