Growing up in Iowa meant no summer was complete without a visit to the State Fair. I was a 4-H kid, so state fair was a pretty big deal :)
I can’t remember the last time I was able to attend, so when Jeff and I found out that the Warrior Dash coincided with the fair, we knew we HAD to stop by! I mean, what better place to refuel after a grueling mud run? Please excuse our appearance – at this point we had only cleaned off with a sprinkler and baby wipes!
Like any good state fair goer, we started with food on a stick! I got a regular corn dog and Jeff opted for a jalapeño and cheese version. It totally hit the spot!
Next up we found our way to the desserts. Jeff had an A&W root beer float and I tried the deep fried Oreos. There was a HUGE line, so I knew it was hot ticket item! It ended up being worth the wait, but when it arrived I couldn’t stop laughing – I was expecting 2 Oreos, NOT 6! But don’t you worry, we managed to eat them all!
Next up we visited a few of the livestock barns and the Avenue of Breeds. It was amazing to see all of the different kinds of animals represented! I thought these five cows were extra cute – they were curled up next to each other from largest to smallest like nesting dolls.
By chance we were able to catch the Budweiser Clydesdale parade. Those are some BEAUTIFUL horses! Their hooves are like dinner platters – absolutely HUGE! They even had the adorable Dalmatian dog riding on the wagon. It was pretty cool to see!
I ran into a few classmates from high school – hi Erika! And had a great time people watching (seriously, there’s nowhere better). We were exhausted by 4:00, so we decided to head back home and check in on Eleanor. We made it all the way home before remembering that we had a MAJOR oversight – no butter cow! What were we thinking? I guess there’s always next year…
Have you ever been to the Iowa State Fair?
Do you go to your local fair?