The Minnesota State Fair officially began in 1849
Here's the Horticulture Building. The tower in the back actually lights up with different flashing colors at night and is a landmark on the fairgrounds.
Here's my soap entry. My stamp, a replacement as the first arrived from China missing the "i", arrived three days before my soap entry was due. I made this loaf at the last minute so it was soft enough to stamp and worried it was too soft to stand up to the heat and handling. It wasn't cured, but it was hard enough to handle come fair time.
You can't see my white third place premium ribbon (the yellow fifth is for the jar of beeswax lotion next to mine), but I'm happy to have placed !! I wrote an explanation of how soap is made that I thought might be useful. I had no idea how soap was made before I started making it, did you? Yep, that's a little bee on the front bar. I struggled with whether to use it or not, but he was just too darned cute to pass up. He's made of sugar. The top of the bar has calendula that I actually wish I'd left off - a little didn't look right and what I used is too much. Overall a lot of fun to enter and I look forward to next year !!!