I loved it as a child. I swoon over it as an adult. The Great Minnesota Get Together, aka, The Minnesota State Fair, is the shiznit! It’s got the unhealthiest food, but unhealthy = flippin awesome! Take a look at some of the goodies being offered for the first time in 2012.
Machinery Hill? Gotta like Machinery Hill. It’s tractor porn for the masses.
The music? Free music everywhere. This year Wilson Phillips is playing multiple times for free! I’m a total music snob, but who doesn’t like to sing along to “Hold On”?!
Princess Kay of the Milky Way/butter sculptures? You betcha! You can see butter representations of young women’s heads. Sounds weird, but they’re totally cool. Think Mount Rushmore, but edible and goes great with corn on the cob.
People watching? The Minnesota State Fair is one of the greatest places for that. Thousands of people attend each day, and the attendees are a super good representation of the State’s population, which is predominantly white. Speaking of which…
The Minnesota State Fair is a mirror, right? That’s how it promotes itself because it reflects who we are as Minnesotans. But you know as an adoptee of color/as a person of color, when I people watch at the fair, when I look into the mirror, I don’t necessarily see myself in totality. As an adult, I’m fine with this because over the years, with the help of others, I’ve come to the realization that the “whiteness” around me is a peculiar part of who I am that is at the same time NOT who I am. As a kid, however, what I saw in the mirror was confounding and difficult to navigate. And I wonder if adoptee kids of color these days perhaps feel the same as they walk among what is suppose to be “their people” at The Great Minnesota Get Together.