Fair So Crowded I Can’t Move-aloosa

3 Sep

Wow.  The only word I can think of to describe the madness that was the busiest day of the 2014 MN State Fair.  It was sheer insanity.  The morning was busy but by early afternoon it was so crowded, we could not move.  The sidewalks and streets near the Grandstand were at a standstill.  It was a Braveheart cry of “Freedom!!” when we escaped the fairgrounds.

Alright, enough bitching about the mobs of people.  Overall, it was a very enjoyable time.  The new West Market was a very impressive and refreshing upgrade from Heritage Square.  Seeing how nice it turned out, too bad they didn’t bulldoze Heritage Square sooner.

The bus loading/unloading area was also much improved upon.  No longer do you have to navigate a prehistoric footbridge and get your heels clipped by strollers.  It would’ve been nice, however, to have had better signage in the ticket area.  There was a line that was cash only, but it was posted on a piece of paper on the ticket booth.  Hit the woods for a stick and wave the sign high in the sky so you can see it from farther than five feet.

As far as new foods and attractions, we tried a few.  At Lulu’s in the West Market, we sampled the Breakfast Lulu and the Prime Rib Taco.  Both were priced at $5.00 and the Breakfast Lulu was by far the better value.  It was also a lot more flavorful than the sparsely filled taco.  Disappointing.

We sampled the craft beers in the Agriculture Building.  There were several different flight selections to choose from.  At first, $8.00 seemed a little pricey, but after walking around and seeing what was being charged at other booths for crappy lite beer this was a bargain.  I would highly recommend checking it out next year.

There were many other items we wanted to try, but by the afternoon the food lines were so long you’d think they were giving food away.  Next year, we will go on a rainy weekday, if possible. No more invasion of my personal space with cheese curd grease on my back and tread marks on my heels.

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