Woo hoo! It’s time for my annual post about the Minnesota State Fair!
We always go to the fair opening day and it seems every year it feels more crowded. I checked out the fair’s website and found some interesting numbers. I wasn’t imagining it. Each year on opening day for the last two years the attendance increased. Between 2017 and 2016 it was almost 6,000 higher! There were three record-breaking attendance days this year, the most record breaking days in three years. Plus, this year’s total attendance is the highest ever, another record broken. So, yes, there were lots more people at the fair this year.
No matter, we still enjoy it and this year was no different. I went twice. Opening day was fun but by 1:00 it was getting too crowded so we called it quits early. For my second visit, I met hubby there one late afternoon from work the following week. I park my car like I’m going to work and walk on over to the fair. Very easy!
On opening day we headed over to Minnesota Public Radio after breakfast and were treated with a handshake from our governor! He went one by one in the small crowd and shook each of our hands. He commented how brave Miss M was for wearing short sleeves as it was in the upper 50s at that moment. So that was fun! We also saw Al Franken posing for photos with a constituent.
Governor Mark Dayton
Al Franken and a constituent
The agriculture building is a must for me for each visit. Some of the exhibits change every other day so it’s worth it to see other types of flowers when you can. First some crop art:
Our senator Al Franken
Still mourning the purple one
In the next gallery is a little bit of everything else that I saw in the ag building:
the largest gourds
wedding place setting
autumn place setting
part of Alice in Wonderland display
part of Alice in Wonderland display
part of Alice in Wonderland display
bees making honey
hubby being a good sport
random flower display, 2nd visit
Make America Grate Again scarecrow
is that spoon and fork new this year or have I never noticed?
And then some other scenes at the fair:
Live performance by Romantica at MPR
funniest thing I saw this year: several official selfie spots in the pavement
result of one of those selfies
art building – ewie
art building – Bruce Nygren
from the sky ride
different kind of geese
different kind of duck
lambs at rest
I hope you’ve enjoyed this year’s tour of the Minnesota State Fair. I’ll be back soon with a few more travel adventures. I hope you’ll come along!
Every summer about the end of July, beginning of August there blooms these exotic water lilies in ponds near the conservatory at Como Park. I don’t always remember to go look at them but something on my phone reminded me that the last time I photographed them was 8/1/15. In fact, I created a post about that visit. Do check it out, I think you’ll like it.
I had been thinking about these gorgeous flowers but didn’t take the next step to go look at the dates on the photos to remember when they bloom. Instead I was reminded via current technology. Smart phones are great tools!!
And so I give you this year’s version of the dazzling beauties that are the water lilies at Como Park in St. Paul Minnesota. I hope you enjoy!
One last one full size on its own. I’m so glad I got to see them this year!
I think I got this one in under the wire. Isn’t there a new challenge every Wednesday? In any case, here are my picks for this week’s theme:
wild salvia, unusually colored blue
the most unusual lily at the Arboretum
looks like a cat’s tail, very unusual plant
Dali, he’s an unusual artist
unusual art at the Walker
Chihuly at Minneapolis Institute of Art, unusual glass sculpture
ghourds of unusual size at the fair
tin foil sculptures of women praying, unusual art at the Pompidou in Málaga
what could this be?? very unusual looking plant.
unusual art in Barcelona
My next posts are going to be mainly photos. I’ve been taking many so far this summer. Many are from my walks either about campus or in my neighborhood.
This post contains photos of the trial garden at the University of Minnesota St. Paul campus. It’s a perfect place to take a break at work and I walk there periodically throughout spring, summer and fall. Have a look-see of some early summer blooms and plants, even a bunch of grapes. I didn’t know the vine that grows there is a grape vine. I wonder how those grapes taste.
I hope you’ll come back next week to see more summer blooms. Enjoy!!
Most folks here in the twin cities know about the Arboretum and I had heard about it but, for some reason, I didn’t make it out there until I had been living here 25 years. I finally got to see it in person last year. Since I work for the University of Minnesota I get emails from all kinds of different departments and luckily for me, the Landscape Arboretum was in that stack. I took advantage of the employee discount and became a member last year. It is well worth the price.
What caught my eye last year in one of the emails was a garden tour. I asked my friend Ruth if she’d be interested, she said yes and we had a marvelous time. Ruth and I were just commenting on what fun that was last year and we decided to go again next year. It’s a tour of fabulous gardens near the Arboretum. I wrote about it so do check out the link to see more gorgeous blooms and plants from the southwestern suburbs of the twin cities.
We have been trying to go back to see more of the Arboretum because we didn’t get a chance to last year. After our garden tour we got treated to a nice brunch on their patio and it was a bit warm and we were tuckered out from our busy morning so decided to come back another time. Well, it took almost a year to get back but we were so glad that we did!! Oh my goodness, it takes your breath away. Beautiful plants and flowers everywhere and it goes on for miles. There are many gardens surrounding the visitor center that are easy to get to on foot. Click here to see the map.
There are many types of gardens to explore: roses, lilies and day lilies, herbs, annuals and perennials. There is a Japenese garden that we didn’t get to. We checked out the wildflower garden. It must have been between bloom times as we didn’t see any wildflowers but we did see a handful of turkeys! After wandering around on foot, we got in the car and explored even more on the 3 mile drive. There is a trolley that you could ride as well. There are more gardens in these outer areas of the Arb and I’d like to go back to see the Sculpture and Maze gardens. It’s utterly amazing all the plants and trees that are there! You really can’t see everything in one visit, so return I must. It is now on my “must do” list for twin cities visitors. There’s a reason it won the best botanical garden contest recently. Please have a look at what we saw on a summer afternoon in July. I hope you’ll enjoy!
First some roses, clematis and some annuals and perennials too.
bright pink petunias
more pink petunias
clematis up close
another beautiful clematis
looks like a cat’s tail
I took some photos of the grounds as well. There were rows and rows of gorgeous lilies of all types and just general beauty everywhere.
there were some fountains
the day lily path
many asiatic and other lilies
Ruth called these snowball hydrangea
no wildflowers but several turkeys???
another beautiful fountain
Now for the rest of what I selected to display. I took 86 photos so I had to trim it down a little. If you’ve never been to the Arb and you live here, do make it a point to visit. I guarantee you’ll enjoy it. And if you’re visiting the twin cities, same instructions. You won’t be disappointed! Check out more information at this link. There is so much to explore there and I can’t wait to go back again.
almost a dahlia! or two
we think this is a salvia
so many interesting colors
snowball hydrangea up close
one cactus flower
For this week’s challenge I present my interpretation of friend.
Christmas cat and child
I better get a post in before May ends! My poor little blog. I’ve neglected you so….. Without further ado, here are some of my best spring photos. Included in my gallery are my first and second rhubarb crisps this year with two different recipes. My rhubarb plant always does very well. I hope you enjoy!!
crab apple tree blooms on campus
more crab apple blooms
another color of crab apple
first rhubarb crisp of the season
second rhubarb crisp