|A trip to the Iowa State Fair was a great place to relax and daydream|
A few weeks ago Dad and I were talking about going to the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines. At first I didn’t want to go this year. Being a little agoraphobic, crowded places can seem uncomfortable and, at times, downright terrifying. The fair is also notorious for offering some of the most decadent foods on the planet: fried butter on a stick, deep fried Oreo cookies, batter fried Twinkies, you name it. This trip would definitely test the will power! Can a person say “no” to a “double bacon corndog” ???
Fortunately, there are a lot of fun things to do besides eating. A cultural center offers a number of mini classes on various art forms and crafts such as crochet and making tie dye shirts. (I loved learning about tie dye!)
There are numerous cattle barns where young men and women show their cows, pigs, and such. If you have never seen a dairy cow, well… I was surprised at the appearance of one. Their udders are much larger than I’d thought they were supposed to be.
Other agriculture related competitions include judging the finest of fruits and vegetables as well as baked goods. Each presenter hopes to win that coveted blue ribbon and the bragging rights that come with it.
We had a great time today. I met a couple of cool “carnies” (carnival workers) who made me stop and think about doing carnival type work some time in the future. The fair also inspired some food ideas for an upcoming camping trip. More about that later.
In the meantime, here are a number of Iowa State Fair pictures along with some brief captions.
|Des Moines skyline as seen from the Sky Glider ride|
|Another view from the Sky Glider|
|The Chocolate Moose|
|The Butter Cow|
|Snow White and 7 Dwarfs – carved from butter|
|Farm youths showing their prized milking cows.|
Some of the most beautiful bell peppers you will ever see!
|An award winning arrangement of Iowa grown vegetables|
|Do you want to buy a Vitamix machine? This guy is a heck of a salesman!|
By the time I checked out some of these exhibits, the stomach was pretty empty. The goal was to find something healthy for lunch, not deep fried Oreos. The Iowa Turkey Federation was selling the most wonderful sandwiches of grilled, marinated turkey tenderloins served on a hot dog bun. A little barbecue sauce was added, making it a tasty, healthy treat!
|Grilled turkey tenderloin sandwich…|
|Sweet corn – one of the best parts of summer. Though this
ear was very sweet and flavorful you can see the effects of
the drought. The kernels were very small, almost like popcorn.
|A modern day telephone system in Iowa… just kidding. This cute
little museum depicted a typical early telephone office.
Two cool and laid back “carnies” who encouraged me
to bring the van and start working for the carnival.