Meet Me At The Fair!

The Iowa State Fair that is! 

Oh how I love the Fair!  I love the fair in the morning, I love the fair in the afternoon, I love the fair at night. I love the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the fair!


 I had never been to a state fair before I lived here, not even to a county fair.

We first moved to Iowa in 1994 and stayed until 2002.  I think we went to the Fair every year.  Once I went to my first one I was hooked  To this city-raised gal it was a whole new world.  I loved the animals, the food, the exhibits, the food, the people watching, the food.

  Did I mention the food?

Each year the Fair tries to outdo itself with more outrageous fair food.  There are the old favorites like funnel cakes, turkey legs, corn dogs, ice cream and so on but recent years have seen the addition of the hot beef sundae (my fave) pork chop (and most anything else) on a stick, fried butter (surprisingly good) and chocolate covered bacon!  You wont go home hungry and at Fair time I wish I was like a cow with multiple stomachs!

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The Fair also books great concerts each year. Some of my best memories are from when our friends from the Chicago area would visit for the Fair and we always attended the Rock and Roll Reunion for a great evening of music, fun and nostalgia followed by one of the best firework shows ever.

There are free shows as well and a huge talent show, pie and ice cream eating contests, cooking contests and so on, even a husband calling contest!

 There is ‘Little Hands on the Farm’ and lots of stuff for kids as well as terrific Midway rides and games, and of course the GIANT SLIDE!


We made it back a few times after we moved away but sadly not as much as I would have liked.  Now that we are back in Iowa I wont be missing any more fairs unless I am in a coma!

I love walking thru the livestock barns looking at all the animals.  My favorites are the goats who always come over to interact with you. They are so cute and friendly and have the most amazing eyes. I enjoyed looking at the chickens this year.  The roos are beautiful – I prefer to enjoy them from afar though!


A Lavender Orpington rooster. I love Orpingtons and want a Lavender Orp hen for my flock.


A beautiful Silver Laced Wyandotte hen. I also want one of these!

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The quilt display is breathtaking.  I admire and envy anyone who can do such beautiful work.

I really loved the display of Fairy Gardens and want to make one.  It will be a nice winter project for when I am missing gardening.

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I love the guys who demo the kitchen gadgets – one of the best shows ever was the guy with the ‘Shammy-cloths’ .  We bought a set a few years ago.  How could we resist?!


 The butter cow is an Iowa State Fair annual tradition.


A picture with the Big Boar is MY annual Fair tradition!


Some additional info about the fair:


Next year come to Des Moines in August and MEET ME AT THE FAIR!

 I can’t wait!


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Barbara Faust
    Aug 17, 2014 @ 17:02:12

    I’m lucky I devoured your latest blog featuring FAIR FOOD right before lunch or I’d ah needed to slip in a 4th meal of the day. How pretty the many different breeds of chickens are–again learned something from you I never knew before…



  2. Steven Criger
    Aug 17, 2014 @ 12:37:14

    ok – i’ll be there……i love the animals and the food of course!!!!!!

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