Believe it or not, last year was the first time I've ever been to the Minnesota State Fair. I've lived in Minnesota for most of my life. When my boyfriend heard that I had never been to the fair before, he decided to make it his life's mission to take me.

I love going to fairs and I look forward to the Benton County Fair every year. I thought that the Minnesota State Fair would be a similar experience so I never really felt a need to go to it.

My boyfriend, Dave, brought me to the fair on one of the hottest days of the summer. It was humid, sticky and exhausting. Food stands, games and rides were everywhere. But, I really didn't feel like eating or doing anything. It was just way too hot.

We went home that night and Dave was a little disappointed that he built up this great experience only to find that we were miserable from the heat.

A week later I had to go to the state fair for work. It was raining like crazy, the lines were short and the temperature was perfect. I ended up having such a blast that day. I had the experience that my boyfriend had hoped I would have had with him. The rain didn't ruin my time at all.

I had so much fun that I'm looking forward to going to the fair again this year. I have a list of things I want to do, food I want to eat and places I want to see. This will be the perfect week to go to the fair too because the weather is going to be amazing.