I took Friday off and it was absolutely beautiful - low 80s and sunny. I headed out for a short trip to Stillwater, MN. Lumberjack Days are this weekend if you enjoy watching people climb and/or chop down trees, among other activities. I was there in the early afternoon so I think I was a bit too early for the festivities.
The floating stage was getting set up for live music and quite a few boats were anchored nearby.
There were tons of vendor stands set up with food and stuff to buy including these guys selling Utilikilts. I found the "hang loose" shirt pretty funny.
The real gem among all the vendor tents was this... Ms. Pac-Man caught my eye and behind the little tent where a few arcade games were set up was a big air-conditioned trailer where you could enter and play over a dozen vintage arcade games, all set to free play. Entry to the trailer cost $3 for 15 minutes, $5 for 30 minutes, or $30 for all day. I went for the $5 option but am pretty sure I was in that time warp for at least an hour. The owner cranked some 80s rock for me, which was, in his words, to help "take me back". I love and miss real old-school arcades. I played a few games that I had never seen before but mostly stuck to ones I knew including Donkey Kong (21,900 points - not bad), Dig Dug, Operation Wolf, Pole Position II, and Galaga.
I just missed the Galaga high score by less than 1,000 points. I was very happy with 222,630 points but 223,410 was the score to beat. Dammit.
Arcade Highway was nice enough to leave a comment with their website. If you want a trailer full of arcade classics to show up at your front door, check them out at http://www.arcadehwy.com/.