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The Great Minnesota Get Together! The MN State Fair

If you haven’t been to the MN State Fair , otherwise known as The Great MN Get Together, put it on  your bucket list.   front gate

If you have been there but it’s been awhile you should go check out the changes and new additions. I went to the fair last year after sitting it out for 2-3 years and I couldn’t believe how much had been added!

For starters the North End was new to me and it’s even bigger this year. This neighborhood has specialty merchants, restaurants, craft beer and a music venue.

 

There are over 300 brews and beverages at the fair with 53 New Beverages for 2019. I checked out the lineup for the Grandstand and there are some great acts with Hootie & The Blowfish being on the top of my list!

 

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And of course we go there for the food. Every year we wait to hear what the New Fair Food will be and for 2019 I may try the Mini Donut Latte. May be a great way to start the morning at the fair!  cookies

 

I personally go to the MN State Fair to see all the animals. I wander through the horse barn, the cute pig barn and of course The Miracle of Birth Center. I have been lucky enough to catch actual births of calves and colts and at the very least you will see animals only days or hours old. Just the best!!

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The MN State Fair runs August 22-Sept 2 (Labor Day) in 2019. Plan a date and see you at the fair!

 

 

 

If You Are a Dog Lover You Need to Read This!

I found the amazing site for things to do with your dog and I am not exaggerating when I say it got me (and my dog and hubby) through the Polar Vortex!   st-bernard-dog

The site is called Sidewalk Dog. The opening sentence on their site is: “Sidewalk Dog Media is a cause-based company with a simple mission: To promote thriving relationships between dogs, their people, and the community we share.” dog-or-cat-paw-print

You will find so many things to do with your dog that you didn’t know existed. Plus dog friendly malls, hotels, shops and restaurants. Sidewalk Dog has expanded to Chicago, Denver and Seattle as well.

When you sign up for their newsletter you will get updates on all the dog friendly happenings in town, most of which you won’t want to miss. I mean who doesn’t want to go to Yappy Hour!! A great place for pups to meet for K-9 company and the ‘hoomans’ can get a bite as well.

The site points you to dog friendly events, restaurants, brew pubs, stores and more. Lots of info on Dog Parks as well. But now here is my favorite part. Their Dog Friendly Brewery Pass and Dog Friendly Treat Pass!!

The indoor brewery pass was the life saving part of the most horrible winter ever for us! For $20 you could buy a pass to 17 of some of the best Brew Pubs in Minneapolis and you get a free hand crafted beer at each of them! Pups are allowed inside so on those blustery cold days your pooch can socialize with other pups, get lots of pats from other dog crazy people, and Mom and Dad get a free beer while playing a board game or cards. What’s not to love!

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Most of the brew pubs have food trucks and many even have special events for the pups.

The new Summer Brewery Pass is out and it includes 32 brew pubs, some of which dogs are not allowed inside but they have dog friendly patios.

A super cool new pass is the Dog-Friendly Treat Pass. There are 20 restaurants and stores to visit that offer a free treat for your dog, you or both! Turkey Muttloaf (that is for your dog not you), ice cream treats, coffee (that’s for you  not your dog) and more!

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I just got my ‘Treat Pass” and Hazel (my St Bernard) can’t wait to get out to meet more new friends and start enjoying the free treats!

 

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Freddy’s Comes to Lakeville, MN!

I had never heard of Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers until last month when we were driving back to Minnesota from Texas and we stopped in Kansas City for fuel. We were also hungry and right next to our gas station was Freddy’s. 

I’m always game to try something new and I was so glad we did. Our steakburgers were fabulous and the custard? Well…..what can I say about the Frozen Custard except superb.

 

I didn’t know much about Freddy’s but I loved the vintage photos of him as a child on the walls of the restaurant. I didn’t give it much thought beyond that as what were my chances of passing through Kansas City and stopping at the same exit to eat there again.

 

Needless to say I was shocked when I was driving to my warehouse and there was a huge sign saying “Coming Soon. Freddy’s Steakburgers!”  Wow! Right on the corner of Pilot Knob Road and County Rd 46 by HyVee in Lakeville. Two miles from my warehouse and only 5 miles from my home. That could be trouble.

I can see myself popping in for some Dirt and Worms and all the other flavors of Frozen Custard as well. 

I did a little research and found out it isn’t the first Freddy’s location in the Minneapolis metro. One already exists in Savage as well as Maple Grove.

If you get a chance check them out. Here’s a link to show all their locations throughout the country.

www.Freddysusa.com