FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. — Opening day at the Minnesota State Fair drew a huge crowd, thanks in part to picture perfect weather.
What happens when you put over a hundred thousand hungry fairgoers in one spot? Thick masses of people navigating from corn dogs to fried cookie dough to cotton candy. It's easy to contract a case of "walking rage" as people stop suddenly, take a selfie or abruptly veer toward a glistening cup of beer.
Chris Hrapsky is here to lay down some rules of the road, with help from photog Carly Danek, who's been navigating the mean streets of the fair for about a dozen years, with heavy gear in tow.
Rule #1: Walk on the right side of the street. Don't swim upstream.
Rule #2: Don't stop in the middle of the road.
Rule #3: Be narrow and nimble when in a group. Do not spread horizontally across the crowd.
Rule #4: Utilize the "V" technique. Cross the street at a 45-degree angle, flowing with traffic, then pivot to complete a "V."