Photos: Opening day at the 2012 Minnesota State Fair

Sports & Leisure Jeffrey Thompson · ·

1 Gunner Liebl, 5, assists his mother Andrea Spray with some clipping of their Registered Columbian ewe lamb on the opening day of the Minnesota State Fair in Falcon Heights, Minn. Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012. The family, from Milan, Minn., were preparing the ewe to show Friday. 
2 From left, Catrina Darling, 16, of Eitzen, Minn. and her cousin Cheryl Kirchner, 19, of Calendonia, Minn. take their lambs for a walk on the opening day of the Minnesota State Fair in Falcon Heights, Minn. Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012. The cousins will be showing their lambs Friday. 
3 Cousins Jenny Welu, left, and Amy Welu of Milroy, Minn. have some fun with boards used for livestock demonstrations on the opening day of the Minnesota State Fair in Falcon Heights, Minn. Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012. 
4 Friends Mary Welin, 16, of Fosston, Minn., and Vanessa Weiland, 19, of Roseau, Minn., sit with Weiland's Black Exotic market guild in the swine barn on the opening day of the Minnesota State Fair in Falcon Heights, Minn. Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012. 
5 Pigs are guided through the stalls in the swine barn on the opening day of the Minnesota State Fair in Falcon Heights, Minn. Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012. 
6 Danielle Bakun reacts after sampling Holy Land Deli's lamb fries with her mom Gerri Bakun, left, and her sister Nicole Pinkosh on the opening day of the Minnesota State Fair in Falcon Heights, Minn. Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012. The traditional Middle Eastern lamb testicles dish are a new addition to the fair in 2012. 
7 A sheep is prepared for showing on the opening day of the Minnesota State Fair in Falcon Heights, Minn. Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012. 
8 Josh Tague of New Hope, Minn. carries his midway game prize during the opening day of the Minnesota State Fair in Falcon Heights, Minn. Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012. 
9 Crowds fill Cooper Street on the opening day of the Minnesota State Fair in Falcon Heights, Minn. Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012. 
10 Maggie Boese of Holloway, Minn. examines the seed art winners on the opening day of the Minnesota State Fair in Falcon Heights, Minn. Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012. 
11 A judge samples a wine contest entry on the opening day of the Minnesota State Fair in Falcon Heights, Minn. Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012.