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Welcome to, the first blog dedicated to the Minnesota State Fair. Since 2000, I've attended the fair (almost) every day. Why?  Because I can.  And I want to.  And I have OCD.

It's morphed over the years and now I just take pictures -- click on a day to see pictures of that day, or go back in time to previous years' fairs.


When I'm not at the fair, I'm a husband and father to my 2 basset hounds.  My first date with Elizabeth was at the fair.  According to me, anyway.

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"If all the idiots in all the villages left their villages and formed their own village of idiots...  In that village, Brian would be the village idiot."


 - Village Voice


Daisy Mae (back left), Sammy (front), Maddy (right) [passed away in 2015]