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ItYe Old Mill Minnesota State Fair's a sad day when the "Great Minnesota Get-Together" closes it's gates for the year. Twelve days of ridiculous food, various buildings to stroll through, rides, games, concerts, people-watching, farm animals, shopping, activities you didn't know you wanted to do & for many Minnesotans, nostalgia. Every year, I discover something new & every year I am reminded of our annual family trip to the Fair. We would get there early in the morning, go through absolutely every building & stand until we were finally rewarded with an extended stay in the midway. My Dad always won some gigantic stuffed animal that was impossible for my exhausted younger self to carry. Taking my own kids has been one of the greatest pleasures of my summers. Seeing the Fair through their eyes (& instagram filters) makes it fresh & fun. This year, I think the most memorable moment was taking a ride on Ye Old Mill. We somehow always overlook this classic. I sat alongside my 12 year-old son, who was terrified because he just didn't quite believe me that nothing more was going to happen than a peaceful float through the tunnels & a few non-threatening vignettes popping up on the walls. Given that everything these days is "shocking", "extreme", & "innovative" it makes sense that the simplicity would surprise him. Turns out, he was charmed & loved it. Cheers to Ye Old Mill for providing a surprisingly, peaceful & memorable moment in a day filled with stimulus & activity. Until next year...


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