You want an awesome day of cheap wholesome fun? A day that’s good for the whole family but not nearly as lame as it sounds?
I have two words for you: STATE FAIR.
Yeah, they sound dumb and boring. But, really? The State Fair rocks. It’s like Niagara Falls–has a bit of an old fogey lame-o reputation, but actually quite neat and fun and awesome.
In the darkness of last winter, I received a phone call from a dear friend telling me that she and her boyfriend were getting married and would I please save the date? She (unnecessarily) sweetened the deal by adding in “That’s State Fair weekend!” When addressing her guests at the reception, she mentioned that the timing of her wedding on State Fair weekend was not a coincidence. The Fair was really important to her and she wanted something going on to entertain guests and for her have fun at with her wedding party.
So, this weekend Dan and I went to the Iowa State Fair. It was the scene of our first date many summers ago and we had a blast. And, those of you who have never been to a State Fair, let alone with queen of State Fairs, I know you’re kinda wrinkling your nose, but good, silly fun was had all around. We:
1. Ate giant turkey legs. And ice cream (There are also such favorites as deep fried Snickers bars, corn dogs, funnel cake, sno cones, cotton candy, pork chops on a stick, and burgers and such…)
2. Saw a baby cow being born.
3. Pet a baby piglet. (Also?Anywhere with livestock has hand sanitizer all over the place! Go State Fair!)
4. Saw a lot of painted soy beans.
5. Saw a life-size Harry Potter made out of butter. And the butter cow.
6. Looked at lots of animals.
7. Saw a lot of 4-H projects and quilts.
8. Saw a lot of humongous vegetables and pretty vegetables and weird vegetables and pretty cakes.
9. Did I mention the giant turkey legs?
10. Saw George Stephanopoulos and Fred Thompson. (But that’s not standard State Fair. It is, however, standard Iowa during primary season.)
Then there’s the stuff we skipped this time around– mainly midway rides, carnival games, and the concerts. Plus, we didn’t see all the competitions. I heard on the radio there was one for putting food on a stick that usually doesn’t go on one. I think the winner involved eggs and sausage. One odd food on a stick I did see a lot places was cheesecake. (It was frozen and covered in chocolate, which is how I think it stayed on the stick.)
But by going to the Iowa State Fair, the mother of all State Fairs, we missed our local county fairs. Go to the fair!
-posted by kidsilkhaze