Occasionally we have to pull ourselves away from working on the property, from my job and from the weekly grind. Iowa has so much to offer as far as things to do and places to see, and when the sun is shining sometimes you just have to get away.
In Iowa, its all about the State Fair.
From animals to carnival rides to the famous Butter Cow, the Iowa State Fair has it all. Can you say food on a stick? The fair boasts more than 70 different foods that you can eat on a stick, including deep fried Twinkies and pork chops.
The first State Fair took place in Des Moines in 1854. Since then, it has hosted current and future presidents, movies stars and musicians. It has been the inspiration for three motion pictures, a Broadway musical and the novel that started them all. In 2015, more than 1 million people attended the fair, and with the number of camper trailers and RVs that descend on the grounds, Iowa’s State Fair easily becomes the fourth largest city in the state for its 10 day duration. I haven’t even mentioned the thousand of photographers who compete, the hog calling, the chicken calling contest, insane people watching, the craft beer tents, the hundred of exhibitors and the crazy neighborhood people that open their driveways and yard up for $10 parking. Yeah, they make a killing.
We only went for one day, and we barely made a dent. But it really is a big deal, and its only one of the many things that make summer in Iowa special.
For the twin’s birthday, we took them to the Huxley Prairie Festival. This is a small town event that we happened to discover online. Petting zoo, playground, clogging, food and more. It was a good way to spend a few hours.
I just love how the small towns around us go big with these kind of events. There was something to do for every age.
Summers were meant for fun, and we’re having a blast in our new community. Iowa may not be heaven, but its pretty close.
Now its time to get back to work!