At the risk of offending some viewers with greater sensitivity than I, I decided to post these photos because they demonstate an important aspect of the Minnesota State Fair: livestock competition!
In order to present their animals in the best way possible, some interesting steps are taken. In the small photo it's difficult to see the process, but the man is shaving the cow's udder. Only he, the other contestants, and the judges will understand why. The reason escapes me! The large photo shows a responsible owner making sure that the area of competition is kept clean (notice the pan he's holding and the content?) plus he needs to keep his animal in tip-top shape for the judging. The reason for this action does not escape me!
The two little girls we took to the Fair, ages 7 & 8, were very respectful, did not giggle, but were fascinated with the whole process. More photos in the next few days. Stay tuned!