August Rewind Part 2: MN State Fair and Renaissance Festival

The weekend before Labor Day weekend was a two-part whirlwind adventure.

Mom and I both happened to have the day off on Friday, so we took a shuttle down to the MN State Fair with Werner the roaming gnome in tow. Little did we know that we would be there during one of the busiest days of this year’s fair!

Where did we head first? The arts and crafts buildings of course! ๐Ÿ˜€

While there, we visited for a bit with the MN Crocheters’ Guild, admiring what they were currently working on.

One of the members even made some crocheted fair food to share. Corn dogs and mini-donuts anyone? ๐Ÿ™‚

They had some bright yarn samples intended to give to kids to teach finger crochet. The guild was kind enough to let us take some bright pink and green and blue Red Heart Sashay along home to play with. I’m pairing it with the black fingering yarn for a skinny scarf with a fancy fringe. Just need to come up with a pattern.

At the MPR booth, we browsed the books and picked up a couple of titles that I’m very excited about: Wait, Wait…I’m Not Done Yet! and The Moth.ย Our family has enjoyed “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me” for years, in part thanks to Carl Kasell’s involvement. I’m also excited about The Moth collection and all the great storytelling between the covers.

And no trip to the State Fair is complete without fair food. We didn’t go too crazy, but did enjoy corn dogs, a large cone of Sweet Martha’s Cookies, and this delicious taiyaki called “Carpe Diem.” It was filled with strawberries and ice cream and was the perfect size for the two of us to share.


Werner got to meet quite a few celebrities throughout the day. Here he is with Lucy, Snoopy, Fairchild, and a friendly purple-spotted cow!

The last and best part of the day was a happy accident. Who should be performing free at the Leinie Lodge but the one and only Tonic Sol-Fa! I’ve gotten to see them live 4 times now and they are always hilarious and fun.

The next day, Claire, Werner, and I spent a rainy morning exploring the Renaissance Festival. We encountered war horses, a pirate ship braving a tiny, muddy ocean, several delightful fairies, and one dragon who turned out to be not as gnome-friendly as we first thought.

Don’t worry, Werner escaped with only a slightly singed beard.

Back home, we watched the 1997 and 2015 versions of Cinderella, which we enjoyed equally but for different reasons. I love how there are so many different ways to tell the same story! ๐Ÿ™‚

We decided to try a new restaurant for dinner to end the day. While enjoying our meal, Claire told me about two new fanfictions she’s writing with her friend Mimi in Germany, for the Game of Thrones and Zootopia universes. We had tons of fun bouncing around ideas.

We were surprised with free desserts at the end of our meal and with the discovery that a kind stranger had paid for our meal for us! I asked our server if she could tell us who, and when she couldn’t, if she could please tell them thank you for us if they were still in the restaurant. It was truly a magical end to an amazing weekend! ๐Ÿ™‚

Up next: checking in on my WIP Mountain progress.


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