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One thing that people expect at a fair is a considerable quantity and variety of food.

The Cafe Caribe, which fits into a row of food stalls.

Andy's Grill sits off behind a tree lined avenue.

A view of a line of food stalls.

Nothin' on a Stick. A food stand which flaunts State Fair tradition.

Bayou Bob's Gator Shack. This is not exactly a traditional Minnesota dish; but this is the Fair, and anything goes, regarding food. The prospective diner (or is that dinner) in front is not Bayou Bob, but my brother Chris.

There are a number of church dining halls here at the fair. The Lutheran and Catholic faiths are very strong here, as is the sense of community.

The great 1919 root beer stand. The root beer, the ice cream, and the floats here are great. Just the thing on a hot day.

Every fair has it's own traditional food, which becomes an icon of the fair. In this case, it is ice cream, floats, sundaes, and shakes.

Getting in line at the Dairy Town ice cream parlor.

Another church diner. I saw a half dozen of these at the very least.

As I mentioned, there are numerous church diners at the fair. The prices are reasonable, and the food is fairly good.

The inside of one of the church dining halls has all of the feel of eating in the church basement.

This is the inside of the huge exhibit hall which is the food building. There are stalls, and kitchens filling the place, and filling the place with the aromas of a hundred different styles of cooking.

More of the food building. people mill around, trying to decide what to eat next.

More area filled with people standing and sitting while eating.

The Route 66 Roadhouse Cafe. I had to take this picture, considering my affection for the old road. I love Route 66.

A variety of food stalls sell a selection of different foods.

Catfish, walleye, and nearly anything that swims, walks or flies, and can be eaten.

A classic old working engine. These original motors were works of art, and craft, as well as of engineering.

Some other old engines, still in prime operating condition. These provided the motive power for a number of turn of the century machines, generally by running a belt.

The Big Four, kerosene powered tractor. This is a well preserved example of early 20th century high tech, and was certainly the pride and joy of it's original, as well as it's current, owner.

A fleet of venerable old tractors.

Some original old John Deer tractors. Note that these used metal spades, rather than rubber tires.

More old tractors, some with accessories. This is the machinery that helped to make the United States the breadbasket of the world.

The Sky Glider presses on over the field of century old farming machinery.

A threshing machine, designed to automate the labor and time intensive task of separating the wheat from the chaff.

An old tractor with a power take off provides the energy to run the machine.
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