The first thing we did upon arriving at the fairgrounds (bright and early at 9 am) was purchase some delish Sweet Martha's chocolate chip cookies. After the cookies were devoured (in no less than 5 minutes), we took our ride down the big slide and headed right for the mini donuts. I have been talking up the mini donuts for WEEKS because that, along with a foot long corn dog, is my absolute favorite Fair food. Unfortunately, Zach was not at all impressed by the size or temperature of the mini donuts. He was expecting something much bigger, covered with chocolate and filled with creme, and definitely not piping hot. We were all laughing hysterically when he declared his disappointment and refused to eat any of them. Oh well...more for me!
After the mini donut debacle, we made our way over to the kiddie rides, collecting all kinds of free junk along the way...the most treasured of items being a Disney Tangled poster and chicken hats.
Thankfully, the rides ended on a happy note as both kids enjoyed the kiddie bumper boats.
After a visit to the kids' farm, looking at tractors, and collecting a lot more free junk at various booths, we decided it was high time for some lunch. It was Pronto Pups all around for everyone....everyone, that is, except for Olivia who was completely conked out in her stroller. Don't worry, she had lunch a little later after waking from her 2 hour nap (awesome!).
Then, it was off to see the animals. Sadly, the poultry barn was closed for cleaning, but we still got to see tons of pigs, cows, horses, sheep, and goats.
After all that walking, it was definitely time for another snack (yep...there is a lot of eatin' to do at the MN State Fair). We decided to hit up the dairy building to check out the princess butter sculptures (yep...they carve people out of butter here in the grand ole' state of MN) and get some ice cream.
We even let Olivia have her first ice cream cone....
But, I get it. I would be devastated too if someone yanked my ice cream cone out of my hands before I was done with it!
After the ice cream cones, we made sure to get a good spot for the afternoon parade. The kids LOVE to watch the parade and this year was no exception.
The MN Fair always seems to mark the end of summer festivities for us. What a fun ending to another fabulous summer!