While the daytime hours during my second day at the 2013 Minnesota State Fair produced a pretty good clip of sightings, there weren’t many that really blew my mind….with one incredible exception in the mid-afternoon. The moment that still seems surreal to me months later. It’s when I saw Sighting #40 of the day, the kind of sighting I thought existed only in the past….the kind of sighting I never expected to see again….
Wandering on the block on the north side of the beer gardens block and looking up toward one of the more remote smoking areas, I would be stopped dead in my tracks one bench before I got there. A family of three occupied a bench. Dad wasn’t smoking, but mother and daughter were. I was taken aback on first glance and kept approaching, and with each footstep it became clear that this daughter was young….and I mean very young. She had a sweet face, filled with bubbly youthful energy and long straight blond hair flowing past her shoulders. Maybe in 1990 it wouldn’t have blown my mind to see a girl of this pedigree with a cigarette, even smoking in front of her parents….but in 2013 it was downright unthinkable. I snapped an early photo that was pretty mediocre as it was from a little too far away, right before she took her first drag. The drag itself was not one of an amateur. There were no stylistic flourishes per se but this was not this little girl’s first cigarette. She and the parents watched the extreme ride in front of them as mother and daughter smoked and all appeared amused as they observed. It was amidst this backdrop that a third party entered the scene and changed the trajectory of the sighting…..
A father approached the bench with two young kids to take a seat, asking them if they minded sharing the bench. The family was all smiles, particularly the bubbly young blond smoker who, for whatever reason, was absolutely beaming. At first I thought they knew each other because the dynamic didn’t otherwise make sense, as this clearly WAY underage smoker girl would never be so casual and uninhibited while smoking in the presence of complete strangers. But as this father got his first good look at the family he was now sharing a bench with, it became quickly obvious that they didn’t know each other. He took a second look, and then a third look, clearly blown away as I was at this at the sight of this young girl publicly smoking with parental acceptance.
The smoking part of this sighting had one more dynamite moment for me. My girl took her fourth (and sadly final) drag that I witnessed of the mostly smoked cigarette, and then tilted her head upward. Keep in mind that this bench was very tightly packed now with so many people on it, so her exhale was bound to invade somebody’s airspace…and in this case it was that of her overweight, working-class nonsmoking father. A gorgeous mushroom cloud of smoke erupted from this girl’s still-developing respiratory system and while there wasn’t a direct blast into dad’s face, his nostrils were no more than an inch away from his early teen daughter’s air pollution. I had all I could do to keep my knees from buckling at that moment. Unfortunately, the smoking part of the sighting was gonna come to a close at least a drag sooner than it should have…..
I couldn’t hear exactly what the young father with the two kids who sat next to this family said to them, but he was pointing to the bathroom area near the beer gardens and I suspect he said “you know, the smoking area is over there”. Just that quickly, the smiles and good times of mother and daughter smokers vanished….and the daughter crushed her cigarette out onto the bench and dropped the butt to the ground. Not a word was said otherwise, and apparently the father who made the comment didn’t know they were one bench away from another smoking area.
But even though the smoking portion of the sighting was done as the daughter was concerned, there were still all kinds of additional revelations yet to come. The daughter stood up from the crowded bench and continued to look at the extreme ride spinning around in front of her. For the umptieth time in this sighting, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. Up to that point, I was being very conservative in guessing that this girl was 15, but seeing her presexualized body in a vertical position, it became clear she was at most 14 and probably even younger than that. She had no hips at all and just a couple nubs for boobs in her green tanktop. Her ass had the beginnings of a curvature in a skimpy pair of brown and white jean shorts. I snapped a full frontal photo and studied it again today, and am convinced that this little cutie is only about to start seventh grade!
The father with the kids got up and left, perhaps annoyed that the mother was still smoking. The final part of the sighting smoking-wise included the mom stubbing out her cigarette and handing it to the daughter to throw into the trash, which she did, adorably leaving her own cigarette sitting on the ground even as she was tossing mom’s. I was gonna ID this butt if it was the last thing I ever did so I had to wait out the family continuing to sit there. While waiting, I looked to the right to the aforementioned smoking area only one bench over from this family, and standing there was ANOTHER mother and daughter smoker duo, where the daughter was a beautiful early 20s light brunette in a very feminine light blue dress. I caught her in mid-drag at one point looking my direction. At any other time of the day this girl would have been a huge fetish target, but right now this incredible family had me completely captivated.
I made the connection right away as this sighting was unfolding, but sitting here watching them observe the extreme ride, it struck me just how similar this was to MNSF #2, the most popular sighting on my blog and my second-best sighting of all-time. Now this girl was an absolute doll, but she lacked that “hottest girl in the middle school” IT factor that my 13ish blond from 2000 smoking with grandpa did. Still, the fundamentals were the same….an unashamed public display of cigarette smoking from a bubbly, long-haired blond early teen who was giddy watching the extreme rides from a half block away in the company of her accepting elders. I never thought I’d see any sighting of its kind again after 2000, but I should have learned to never underestimate the Minnesota State Fair.
After another couple of minutes, the family got up to leave, never to be seen again yesterday. Breathless with excitement, I sat down and checked out the girl’s discarded cigarette butt. A sighting that was a flashback to 2000 up to that point suddenly became a flashback to 1978. The cigarette she was smoking was a Merit! I have NEVER seen a Merit smoked by a girl I’ve fetished and can’t recall anybody smoking the brand since some point in the 80s. Who was this family?!?!? Whoever they were, they single-handedly made my second visit to the 2013 Minnesota State Fair unforgettable.