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Wave of humanity | by m i c h e l e j e n s e n [photography]
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Wave of humanity

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I went to the annual Minnesota State Fair last Saturday and just happened to go on an all-time historic record setting day with over a quarter of a million people in attendance. I've never seen so many people all jammed together but that made it really fun too! The overall 12 day attendance was 1.8 million.


The fair is an end-of-summer tradition for so many people and even though it's mostly the same year after year, I love it! I have memories of the fair going back to when I was a little girl. Some of the popular things at the fair are: "food-on-a-stick" (including alligator-on-a-stick and deep-fried candy bars), the 'Miracle of Birth' barn where you can watch animals being born right in front of your eyes (just before leaving for the night, we had the privilege of watching the birth of twin lambs - a boy and a girl that they named Anna and Stick (for you guessed it - "food on a STICK"), tons of fantastic free entertainment, the agriculture and animal barns and two fun midways with rides for adults and the little ones.


Since its inception, the fair has been held every year with only five exceptions: in 1861 and 1862 due to the Civil War and Dakota Indian Conflict, in 1893 because of scheduling conflicts with the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, in 1945 due to war-time fuel shortages and in 1946 due to a polio epidemic.


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Taken on September 4, 2010