Confession: I love the Iowa State Fair.
Although most of my friends and life-long Iowans do not share my same passion, it is truly one of my few guilty pleasures. Visions of butter cows, fried foods on a stick, and blue-ribbon livestock flood my daydreams annually as July melts into August. It’s a chance for me to put away my highbrow inhibitions and venture to the only place where I can step in animal crap and still feel good about myself. It would truly take an act of God for Missy and I to miss out on the festivities.
Luckily, we’ve got some pretty cool people in our lives willing to take over baby duties for an afternoon so that Missy and I can catch up on some much-needed “couple” time taking in everything that is the Iowa State Fair (because there is nothing that frustrates us more than seeing parents walking around with infants in the 90+ degree heat …which is far more common than you’d think).
The fair is usually an all-day event for us, and while we were tempted to stay out all night, we felt that it was best to do things a bit more abbreviated this year. That being said, we still had to make time for the essentials: Varied Industries Building? Check. Big Bull and Big Boar? Done and done. Butter cow and egg on a stick? In and out, baby…ten minutes flat!
Meanwhile, we also had to make room (literally) for all of our deep-fried-favorites the fair had to offer. Like the tater ribbon fries:
And while not fried… hot beef sundaes:
Honestly, what’s not to love?
While we missed out on a few exhibits and live shows that we usually like to catch, we did manage to cap off the night with another free outdoor concert from one of our favorite local bands, the Nadas:
And so ended another day, and another year, at the fair. We left with our bellies a little too full, and our wallets a little too empty. But, as always, it was totally worth every penny. Hopefully next year our girls will be able to enjoy it with us. If, of course, it’s not too hot!