Posts Tagged: Middle America

Real America: The Great Minnesota Get Together

The Minnesota State Fair is America's most popular. Its daily attendance surpasses all others; this year it set a record of nearly 1.8 million paid visitors. It is called "The Great Minnesota Get Together." And like all get togethers, it's a great place to be reminded of all the things you hate about "get togethers." It's also more sprawling and expansive and rewarding than most visitors initially realize. During my visit, I entered through the swine barn. Would H1N1 have emptied it? (After all, the 1946 fair was canceled due to polio.) No. Still, during the event, a hundred 4-H kids were forced home early because of the flu, [...]