The Minnesota State Fair used to be just about irritation for me because of the increased traffic in our neighborhood. Going with the boys these past two years has completely changed my mind. The trick is to go early in the day on a weekday before it gets too crowded. All of the walking mitigates the effects of the sugar on the kids from all the cotton candy and Sweet Martha's cookies (mmm...with ice cold milk!). I'm also hoping that the walking will cancel out the cheese curds and the barbeque. I successfully managed to broker an agreement whereas Ellis rode a "scary" ride with Nate in exchange for going on the Skyride, and Charlie was happy as a clam for almost 3 hours with all the interesting things to eat and see. What's not to love about a great day out with my boys?