Sunday, July 25, 2010

Flugtag!

IMG_1740On Saturday Linzy, Brenden, Allison and I, along with 90,000 of our closest friends went to the Red Bull Flugtag event in St. Paul. I was really surprised at the number of people who showed up for the Flugtag. I had originally seen an ad on one of the buildings downtown, but Linzy said they were also advertising on TV and the radio.

The first sign of the crowds was when we spent an hour stopped on the highway waiting to exit at Kellogg. There appeared to be little to no assistance from the St. Paul police to direct traffic or try to manage 90,000 people heading to a 40,000 capacity island. After spending a bit trying to find a parking ramp that wasn't already full, we walked over toward Harriet Island. We never made it to the actual island as that looked even more packed then side closest to the Science Museum and Xcel Center. We did walk down to the river edge, but could actually see better from a little ways back so that you could see over the people in front. Unfortunately we didn't see the world record breaking flight from Major Trouble and the Dirty Dixies.

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The Flugtag was fun, the weather was really nice, and it was amusing to watch the crafts try to fly. Certainly if you were a college kid, it was the place to be. We couldn't hear or see much of the skits/dancing before launching crafts but we could see the takeoffs pretty well. I think it would have been even more fun to see it up close, but it was still a good time even across the river. If they have another one in the Twin Cities some day, hopefully they'll be a little more prepared for the crowds, but I would definitely go again.

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