I can't remember a year my family & I didn't attend the Iowa State Fair, and while that could have actually happened, I'd hate to remember such a year! In my younger days, we went as my older sisters showed 4-H exhibits, and I got to try my own hand with it, too. I have recollection of teaching how to make those hair ties with ribbons tied around them - yikes. Those days were met with early morning baking, and paroozing the
4-H building for our exhibits before standing in line to see the butter cow, the largest bull, and every other tourist sight people flock to Iowa to see. Now, it's not that those aren't all fabulous exhibits, but these days, we go more for the foods on sticks and people-watching.
That said, we did take in a few fun sights (from left to right, starting at the top):
1. Iowa's largest bull. He weighs in at 3,012 pounds, and I'd never want to make him mad!
2. A gigantic version of American Gothic. I didn't get close enough to see its details, but did you know Grant Wood painted this after seeing an Iowa farm? True story.
3. Amazing sand sculptures - I'm always impressed with these, and so hopeful a rain-gust doesn't come in the door!
4. Miss Olivia sharing her first state fair beer with us at a favorite fair watering hole. She's watched on for years, and she was determined to partake with us this year! :)
We had a great day at the fair, and even though the morning was cloudy, we were never rained on. We ate too many fried foods, but we took in all the sights, tastes, and...smells. After all, how many bars direct you to the nearest cattle barn to use the bathroom? I love Iowa.