State Fair packed with crowds, drama

  • Article by: JACKIE CROSBY , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 4, 2012 - 8:26 AM

2012 attendance was within reach of the record set in 2009. Officials had to cope with an unsettling crime, ride hiccups.

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eurotravelerSep. 3, 12 8:48 PM

Farewell, MN State Fair!!! It was another wonderful 12 days. It will be too long til the start of the 2013 MN State Fair!!! (just one more corn dog...)

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Tobias1Sep. 3, 12 9:48 PM

"All-You-Can-Drink Milk" was the big favorite of my family. Please have it next year, too.

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turgidSep. 3, 12 9:50 PM

Thought the antique tractors were great - amazing to see those 100 year old machines running. Hope they bring those back again next year.

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bflySep. 4, 1212:56 AM

I had a great time attending the fair with my family this year. It's an annual tradition. However, their seemed to be many more people smoking than I ever recalled from year's past. Even in the kiddie ride area which was too bad. Our kids had to dodge a cigarette on more than one occasion because they are held at the same level as the kids. Just seems disrespectful to smoke in a crowd!

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erikj3Sep. 4, 1212:58 AM

Cancel the fair, all it is is fat people eating junk.

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lsagmagicSep. 4, 12 1:38 AM

Terrific video!

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smarterthanuSep. 4, 12 5:42 AM

Smoking is just as much a part of the fair as corn dogs, mini donuts and all you can drink milk. Banning smoking would be like banning 4H and FFA.

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bcarsonmplsSep. 4, 12 6:35 AM

I've enjoyed going for many years as well, and this year was no exception. However, this was the first time I felt gouged by some of the food pricing. It reminded me, just a bit, of the Taste on MInnesota, when prices started creeping up. Of course, people stopped going. $7 just seemed like a lot for a breakfast sandwich...

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oat777Sep. 4, 12 7:30 AM

I was there 3x's. One day for 10 hours with a pregnant wife and a 4 yr old. It was a blast as usual. As far as the smoking goes, we saw maybe 4-5 people smoking all day. Whoopty do.......

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reetnhSep. 4, 12 9:45 AM

First time in years I've gone again, and what a blast. New favorites are Australian Potatoes, and Fried Pickles!

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