Overviews of the Minnesota State Fair

September 9, 2009


Above: While my friend Tom was taking panoramic views from the DNR Fire Tower, I snapped this view over to the Grandstand.

Today marks 11 months of daily (and then some) posting. I don't have a contest for you. I have a terrible cold. My brain is having trouble coping with routine matters—organizing a contest is beyond its capabilities at this moment. But I do have a visual gift for all of you!

On Friday, September 4, I met up with my friend Tom at the Fair. He is a photographer and for the last several months has enjoyed making panoramic photos using his Gigapan. (You may remember that he made Gigapan views of my studio.)

He has posted three Gigapans from Friday (there may be more coming, but I was present for these). The first is from the DNR Fire Tower which is 65 feet tall (it just clears the treetops and is 35 feet shorter than regular fire towers). The next is from the west side of the Grandstand. The third is from the east side of the Grandstand. (Can you find the T-Rex in this last photo? No prize, just the satisfaction of knowing you have sharp eyes!)

Go and explore these amazing photographs. You can zoom in to see incredible details such as the faces of people on the SkyRide! But also, you'll get a feel for the Fair Grounds. You see, I think some of you don't understand that the Minnesota State Fairgrounds isn't just a bunch of tents and barns. It's a fabulous collection of buildings (with a rich history) and tree-lined streets. And every year for 12 days ending on Labor Day it is a magical place of fun.

So while you may not be able to have Salt Water Taffy, thanks to Tom you can savor some eye candy.

  1. Reply

    Just want to say thanks for the daily posts. I know it’s hard work. I always enjoy reading them.

    The journal is working out. Thanks for that too.


    • Roz
    • September 9, 2009

    Maggie, I’m glad you’re enjoying the blog. And so glad to know journaling is going well!

  2. Reply

    Roz, I too, would like to thank you for your frequent posts. Motivating, positive and informative.
    Did you know what a passing comment (TRex) does to someone like me? A challenge. I just have to go find it and even if I am in a rush – it doesn’t matter, I just have to see/do or go get. Could be dangerous or expensive – luckily I do have a little control left. Hillary

  3. Reply

    Thanks! Do you know that I’ve never made it to the state fair?! Thought that this might be the year – but ’twas not to be. 🙁
    Thanks for posting the pics – I’m having fun virtually experiencing a little bit of it through them. =D

    • Roz
    • September 9, 2009

    Hillary, I’m so glad you like the posts, but so sorry I made that careless statement about the T-Rex. I didn’t think about it until you mentioned it but yes, I too would be compelled to look for it.

    If you find yourself looking without result after a short set amount of time (2 mins, 5 mins.?) send me an email and I’ll let you know where you can find it.

    Thanks for reading.

    • Roz
    • September 9, 2009

    Angela, say it isn’t so! Never made it to the State Fair and you live in MN! Of course since you live outstate you probably aren’t subjected to the constant barrage of Fair advertisements, traffic clogs, and news reports we get in the Twin Cities.

    You need to plan way ahead for next year! It is a lot of fun, especially for sketchers.

    I’m glad you enjoyed the virtual trip Tom’s photos allowed.

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