As Hannah and Matthew already mentioned, late August running through Labor Day is the Great Minnesota Get Together (aka the MN State Fair)!
Excitement! Drama! Food!!!
The MN State Fair is the second largest in the country, trailing only a bit behind Texas. It is the sauce that covers our awesome (well one of many sauces)
The State fair was first held in 1859, a year after MN was granted statehood. It spans over 320 acres and has been held every year except 1861,1862 due to the Civil War and Dakota Indian Conflict, 1945 due to war time fuel shortages and 1946 due to a polio epidemic.
2009 set an attendance record (last record was 2001) with 1,790,497 attendees. So far this year the attendance is at 1,211,031 attendees (not yet counting Sat, Sun on Mon) so as you can see, it's a big deal in our state.
Here's a fun timelapse video of one of the corners in the state fair (Jusdson and Nelson Sts) from open to close so you can get an idea of the crowds:
Judson and Nelson - Minnesota State Fair from Ochen K. on Vimeo.
Onto the pictures!
Most everyone in MN knows the real reason you go to the fair is to eat.
OR, maybe to check out the strange fashion and hair choices of many of the attendees:
BUT it's still primarily an agriculture fair.
Every year you can see baby pigs:
And every year one boar gets the honor of being known as the biggest boar.
this is reggie. He's 2 years old and weighs 1450 lbs
And giant pumpkins? You betcha we have them:
Depending on which day you go you can see chickens and rabbits and goats. But there are always cattle, horses, sheep and pigs.
Also you can hit the MN DNR area and check out the fish we can find in our lakes and rivers.
But, as said above, the real reason most Minnesotans attend is so we can stuff our faces with food, most of it on a stick.
It's always good to attend with a few friends or family members, so you share the food and therefore try as many different food option as possible.