FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. (WCCO) — Her name is Betty Phiffer. She’s 93 and lives in White Bear Lake.

What makes her amazing is she first came to the fair when she was 13 – she remembers the fair back in the 1930s.

Eight decades ago, she remembers being a teenager on her favorite ride.

“My boyfriend and I would go on the rides all the time,” she said.

The fair fanatic hasn’t missed a Great Minnesota Get-Together since 1933.

Her favorite foods are the usual suspects.

“I’m gonna have some cheese curds and a beer,” she said.

Betty has a routine. It includes watching a show in the 4-H building, and then, around lunchtime, having a beer with friends.

“It’s unbelievable,” Barb Lechner said. “Every year she looks forward to it, and as she gets older she says, ‘This is my last year.'” But then we end up staying almost 18 hours.”

Betty said she gets a kick out of having four generations of her family here with her this year, and hopes she can pass on some of her passion for life.

When she came with her brother in her early teens, $3 was enough for a full day of fun.


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