Nearly two million people visited the Minnesota State Fair this year and The Sanctuary at West St. Paul residents avoided the record-breaking crowds by staying put to enjoy some traditional fair festivities at the senior living community.
A homemade dunk tank had residents in the “tank” laughing and smiling for photo opportunities as they knew there was no risk of getting soaked.
Anything on a stick and/or fried typically qualifies as good fair food, so in keeping with tradition, residents enjoyed munching on deep fried Twinkies, churros and corndogs.
While they certainly missed some new attractions this year, like the dress a sheep contest, they appreciated time to reflect on and share memories of attending their home state’s biggest annual festival. In fact, the Minnesota State Fair is the largest fair in the country by attendance.
The theme, “The Great Minnesota Get-Together,” did indeed give Sanctuary residents a reason to celebrate with each other.
Test your Minnesota State Fair trivia with the following quiz.
- During a typical year, how many gallons of milk are served at the All You Can Drink Milk booth?
- What is the most popular flavor of pies entered in the Creative Activities baked goods category?
- Approximately how many rolls of toilet paper are used during the fair?
The first Minnesota State Fair was held in 1859. The fair location moved around until in 1885 when it finally found a permanent home at its present location, mid-way between Minneapolis and St. Paul.
Secure in its new surroundings, the Minnesota State Fair began to grow. Physically, the fairgrounds blossomed to 320 acres. Over the years the attractions offered have broadened from being solely agricultural to now including large-scale entertainment, technological and industrial exhibits, and scores of education and government institutions.
Mark your calendars for next year’s fair, August 23 through September 3, 2018.
Answers: (1) 26,000 gallons, (2) Apple pie and (3) 22,000 rolls