The Iowa State Fair

I spent yesterday at the Iowa State Fair.  It was a perfect day, sunny and not too hot.  That made a nice change.  Usually it is about 1000 degrees during the fair.  Yes, that’s right 1000 degrees.

You have to park pretty far away from the fairgrounds, and it’s a long walk.  So long in fact that you will be hungry by the time you get inside.  Cue the funnel cakes!  These are delicious little cholesterol bombs.  They are made of some sort of batter poured through a funnel (hence the name) into a vat of hot oil.  Once it has been sufficiently deep-fried the whole thing is covered with a solid layer of powdered sugar.  Delicious.  Don’t wear dark clothes.

The children discovered the midway a couple of years ago, so we always go there first.  I mean, first thing after the funnel cake.  This is a good strategy because it get the whole ride thing out of the way, and we don’t have to listen to the children begging us to take them to the midway for the rest of the day.  They rode the bumper cars together.  Then Princess O went on the carousel while the C-man rode on a roundy-round ride where you get to sit in a flying saucer.

They also went on pony rides, which always seems silly to me since the Princess gets to ride a pony every week.  Apparently you can never have too much of a good thing.

We met up with my In-laws for lunch.  We found a picnic table and then took it in turns to go off in search of the food-on-a-stick of our choice.  You would be surprised what you can serve on a stick.  I took pictures.

After lunch we went to see the Butter Cow.  This year the Butter Cow sculptor had also carved a Butter Shawn Johnson.  For those of you who are not Olympics fans, Shawn Johnson is an Iowa native on the women’s gymnastics team.  She’s really good too.

I personally didn’t think the Butter Shawn Johnson was a good likeness, but then what can you expect when you are using butter as your medium?

We split up again after lunch.  The Princess went to watch some horse judging in the livestock pavilion.  The C-man and I went to watch battling robots.  I definitely think the two of us got the better end of that deal.  Except of course now the C-man wants to modify his remote control car and turn it into a robot.  Hmmm.

We went to the new Animal Learning Center to see the piglets and there was a cow in the center giving birth.  They broadcast it live on TV screens all through the building.  Frankly that was a little more Animal Learning than I had bargained for, but the kids thought it was pretty cool.  After the calf was born (mother and baby are both doing fine), we did see the pigs.  How can something so small and pink and cute grow into something so big and smelly and well, not cute?

A couple of sky-glider rides and some Dippin’ Dots (it’s the ice cream of the future) and it was time to come home.  

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