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Yes, this is real life. Susan Du

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Llama Costume Contest

Aug. 31
6 p.m.
Free with admission ($11-$13)
Fashion and Style, Festivals

Many of the animal barns and displays are set up to give visitors a general idea of how these creatures live when they’re not at the fair. The llama costume contest is, presumably, not one of those instances. Here you’ll find beasts parading through the AgStar Arena dressed like brides, sparkly unicorns, and characters from Dr. Seuss. If this is how llamas roll in their downtime, more power to them. But we suspect this is one of those magical events that marries whimsy and spectacle with a little hard work (making those costumes and getting them onto a llama can’t be easy!). Get there early this Wednesday evening; for obvious reasons, this event is very popular. Visit www.mnstatefair.org for more info.