What do you get when you gather a bunch of family at a family reunion once a year? A whole bunch of hugs, lots of catching up and tons of laughter. Especially when you have video footage of your bonus daughter high as a kite after having her wisdom teeth removed.
Coming back from a family reunion in Virginia, The Hubbs and I took the advice of my friend Michelle, who runs the Abandoned Homes Of NC Facebook page, and we took a quick detour to view a gorgeous, old, abandoned mansion. It was definitely worth the extra five minutes. What a beauty. So sad to see it looking so sad. Hopefully the group that owns it (there’s a golf course all around it and the group that owns the course, home and surrounding land say they’ll be restoring it) will take good care of it. They don’t make ’em like this any more.
Along with all of the food, folks and frivolity at the Iowa State Fair, comes the animals. Lots of animals. Going to see all of the livestock is one of my very favorite parts. There are a few “can’t miss” guys and gals you need to see. Like this dude – he won the Biggest Bull contest this year.
Then there’s this little piggy. He came in as the biggest boar this year. Apparently being that handsome is exhausting. Do you think he dreams of bacon like I do?
Sleeping Beauty made an appearance. Ok, that’s not really the name of this horse, but I could spend HOURS walking the horse barn looking at all of the different horses. And again, being beautiful must require naps.
Another favorite “must see” is a livestock show. In this case, young 4Hers and FFA members are showing off the calves they’ve raised. Many of these kids spend a year or more getting their calves ready to show. And any winnings? Those help pay for college.
The whole family gets involved in the raising of these animals. And you even get a Fair Queen or two (look for the crowns) to stop by as you’re getting your prize winning picture taken. That’s all for the Fair from me. Until next year. 🙂
When at the Iowa State Fair, you can’t miss out on all of the food. Lots of things on a stick but the pork tenderloin sandwich is a fair favorite. These were just waiting for us.
What do you do when your pork tenderloin sandwich is as big as your head? Share it, of course. And add lots of mustard.
Sadly, I felt I was already pushing the “Wendy’s allergens” envelope a bit too far, so I didn’t go in and try some of the beers, but rumor had it there was an awesome selection in there. And what’s a state fair without beer?
If you hadn’t guessed by now, Iowa is a big pork producing state. And they’re pretty proud of it. Hence pork products everywhere you turn.
New York City can have their debutante balls. In Des Moines, we have the Bud Tent at the Iowa State Fair. It’s the place to see and be seen. Some might say it’s the cultural highlight of the summer. I don’t know who that would be, but they might say that.
When eating a corn dog at the State Fair, you need to make sure you’re also properly hydrated. That means getting a large Pepsi to go with your corn dog and mustard.
Unless you grew up in Iowa, you don’t understand the importance of this cake. And what a cake it is. Floppy was a State Fair staple until his side-kick Duane passed away. And he’s still missed by “kids” all over the state (and by kids, I mean folks in their 40s and 50s).
Who doesn’t need an award winning chicken cake? It certainly looked good enough to eat. You can enter just about anything at the fair (food, flowers, art, animals – you name it) and try to win a blue ribbon.