Sunday, August 30, 2009


I spent Friday at the Minnesota State Fair with my sister. My niece and her boyfriend also went with us but magically disappeared as soon as we entered the fairgrounds.

The fair is all about the food. This was some of the entries for State Fair ribbons. I always wonder what happens to all this food after the fair. Do you pick up your entry after the fair (I don't know if I would still want to eat it) or do they toss it?

I've never had cookie bars look this uniform.

When I saw this stand I thought I was back in Korea. They LOVE SPAM in South Korea. The stand even had a line!

In keeping with my old Korean blog where I took a picture of just about every meal we ate out, this is a chicken fajita. Yummy.

We also had fish n' chips with lots of packets of tartar sauce. We are both sauce girls.

Potato skins with sour cream, cheese and bacon.

My sister Wendy HAD to have this. It is a deep fried Twinkie. It did not sound good to me at all.

But she LOVED it.

I warned her that I would be spending a lot of time here and she was lucky enough to find a place to sit. But then she got impatient and came looking for me. She couldn't believe I was still looking at the exhibits.

These darling mice were felted.

More felting.

Polymer clay Bottles of Hope. Our South Korean mover refused to ship my polymer clay back to the States. It was on a list of items that the U.S. would not allow from South Korea so I ended up giving it to one of my Korean girlfriends. So I find myself for the first time in 20 plus years without a brick of clay in my house.

My favorite thing to look at the State Fair is the quilts and this year there were plenty to look at.

This was my favorite and it also won a first place blue ribbon.

There was even scrapbooking at the fair.

More polymer clay.

This is rosemaling. I took lessons back in the early 1980's and had forgotten about it until I saw this.

I saw a lot of cross-stitching. It has not been big since the 80's but I believe the time has come for it to resurge again. While living in South Korea, I found many mom and pop cross-stitching shops. It was a craft I did in the 80's.


I love this sweater. The colors and the design were amazing.

I love beading.

Honestly, I wasn't in the Creative Activities building that long but I guess it seemed that way to my sister.

We also ran into some local celebrities like Tim Pawlenty, the Governor of Minnesota.

We also got to catch a little of my favorite news anchors, WCCO's husband and wife team Frank Vascellaro and Amelia Santienello. They were having a blast doing a newscast.

Of course, I can't leave out a picture of me with Wendy.

I saw many fair goers walking around with ShamWows. I had seen the informercial many times and I had to get one. We finally had to ask someone after searching to no avail. It happen to be a buy one, get one free so I gave my extra set to my sister. Big mistake. She and I had random sword fights throughout the rest of our time at the fair and yes, we did get a lot of strange looks.


  1. Fun! We're going to our fair tomorrow (we both entered stuff so we have to go check that out). I love seeing all the things that people come up with.

    Any idea why the US doesn't allow polymer clay from Korea?

  2. One of the components in polymer clay comes up as an ingredient supposedly in plastic explosives or on their suspected list.


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