Friday, September 6, 2019

The Great Minnesota State Fair

We haven't been to the Minnesota State Fair
for 6 years...

Because the last time we went...
 we lost a child. 

She had been home for 6 months and was learning English.
She did not know her last name or her parents' first names.
She didn't know our phone numbers or her home address...

(Anna 7, Melissa 7, Madeline 6, Abby 7, Ava 8)

Everyone was paired up with a partner BUT
at that moment the two kiddos forgot
to find each other and hold hands.

It was terrible...
We were sooo worried...
We stood in a circle and held hands
 to pray for her safe return.

There was a record high attendance
on that very day.
The place was packed.

Thank goodness a friend told me to take a pic
of everyone before we ventured onto the fairgrounds!

(Sarah 13, Emma 13, Ellie 11 and Mia 11.5)

As soon as we realized that we were one child short...
we found a police officer and
showed him a picture of our missing daughter.

A very nice person found
a sweet little 7 yr old girl crying.

She brought her to the information booth.

Within 20 minutes we knew she was found.
(and so very thankful)
It took another 20  minutes for them to walk to where we were.
It was the longest 40 minutes of my life...

It was quite traumatic for all of us.

This year we finally felt brave enough
to attend the State Fair and deal
with the crowds, again!

Luke and Sam were 4 and 7 in this pic!
I can't believe how young and precious
these kids look!
Now they are all teens and tweens...
(and that's a whole other post...)

First we visited the birthing center!
Many of the kids saw a calf being born.

Abby, with a lamb!

This is where we split up
into 4 groups.
All with phones!
Everyone knows their parents names, 
their home address,
Their parent's cell phone numbers 
and their full name!

PLUS, Mom and Dad's group even has ID bracelets!
We're not taking any chances!

Treats from the dairy building!

A double chocolate strip cake with whipped cream!
Chocolate cheesecake on a stick!
Strawberry cheesecake!
Deep fried baked potato with bacon!
Strawberries with hot fudge! 

More dairy building treats!

Virtual reality in a forest!

Honey Bees and their hive!

These two went into the haunted house...
and then they ran out the entrance!
Brave? NOT so much!

These three went into the haunted house
and exited through the
I think so!

There were many shows, singers, dancers on stages,
scattered throughout the fairgrounds!

Go Minnesota VIKINGS!

We sent each other pics and shared
what we were seeing and doing (and eating)!
Each group had a phone!

And sometimes we met up!

Watching the video of the calf being born!

There was a "sea of people" everywhere!

We specifically went on the first day of the fair,
in hopes that the crowd would be smaller!
Believe it or not,
the crowd was smaller.

A couple groups of kids visited the horses!

We no longer ride BUT 
we still love horses!

This year at the fair 
we lost 2 kids
they did exactly the right thing!

Anna ask to use someones phone and called us!
Ben stayed at the last spot 
where he was with the group!

We found them both, quickly!

The kids where so happy to be at the fair
and have some freedom
while they were there!

Most of the kids brought their own money for food and fun!

I was like a mother duck with her ducklings!

We walked many miles!
Good thing because we ate a lot of junk!

We looked at tractor mowers!

We currently have a large zero turn mower 
BUT our yard is huge
and it still takes so long to mow...

So many interesting sights to see!

The kids love getting on the farm equipment!

I think a John Deere would be 
so helpful!
I would love to mow the lawn with hubby 
AND soon, some of the kids could do it!

Dogs doing tricks!

A doggy standing on it's front paws!

We love seeing the different breed of dogs!
Wheaton Terrier!

Angry Birds art and science exhibit!

The crowd increased as the day went on...

We left at 4:30pm.
Tired, full, tired, and ready to rest!

that we came home with as many kids
as we brought!

Thank you HopeKids for State Fair tickets!

We all had such a great time!

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