Nothing makes me feel more like I’m 10 years old again than the sights, sounds, and smells — especially the smells — of the fair.
Growing up I’d work diligently all summer leading and training my dairy calf, helping to weed the vegetables, and sewing a beginner jumper to ready as 4-H exhibits for the fair.
When county fair time came in early August I was always excited to get my efforts judged and see if I might win a champion purple ribbon. The real excitement though, was whether I would win a trip to the state fair!
Even before I was old enough to take a trip with a 4-H project though, my family never missed the fair. It’s just how it was. Some kids went on vacation, but in my farm family we went to the state fair. Work usually didn’t allow for extended trips, but we could still take a day or two to experience the magic of the great Minnesota get-together.
Almost always we would be there the night before the fair started to see the crowing of Princess Kay of the Milky Way.
Princess Kay is a young woman who is selected each year to be the official goodwill ambassador of Minnesota’s dairy farmers. I competed for the title on the county level back in the day, and one of my sisters was even a finalist for Princess Kay and so got her head sculpted in 85 pounds of butter during the fair.
Aside from my dairy connection, there are many wonderful things to see, do, and EAT at the fair.
All the major media outlets move their broadcasts to the fairgrounds for 12 days, and over 1 million people visit annually. So, it’s kind of a big deal around here. 🙂
It’s always 12 days of fun, ending Labor Day, so we’re less than 3 weeks from the start. And… I want to help you get to the fair this year.
So now is when the giveaway part comes in. Right here on my blog, I’m giving away 4 state fair entry tickets and 4 malt coupons for the Dairy Goodness Bar. That’s $60 in goodies! Midwest Dairy Association, who sponsors the Princess Kay program, is also the sponsor behind this little giveaway.
Now I know many of you live across the country, but I’m betting I have more than a few Minnesota-area readers too.
Whether you’re near or far, if you want to win and come to the fair for free here’s what you do.
To gain one entry: simply leave a comment related to state fair. Maybe it’s a fun memory or perhaps your favorite thing to see, eat, or do at the fair?
To gain a second entry: share this giveaway via social media and leave an additional comment telling me you’ve done so. This can be on twitter, Facebook, and/or your blog, etc.
The giveaway will be open through Sunday, August 11th, and I’ll announce a randomly selected winner next Monday.
As for me, I’ll definitely be at the fair on August 25th this year for the 5K Milk Run. It’s our first official Team Dairy event, so I’m pretty excited to meet some of the other runners I’ve only interacted with online. If you’ll be at the milk run — let me know! I’m sure my husband and I will make at least one other trip to the fair too. It’s a fun place full of memories and new adventures for us. I hope to see you at the fair.