State Fair Weekend
What a great weekend!! It was a busy one, my brother was visiting for the first time since last December and it was great to have 3 of the 5 siblings together. While we missed my other two brothers (yep that’s right, FOUR brothers), we had a great time together, as always. Our LB got some great play time with his cousin and my husband, parents, brothers and sister-in-law got some relaxation and state fair time. The Iowa State fair holds a special place in my heart, it’s a family tradition, and my family showed dairy cattle at the fair for over 70 years! We grew up going to and showing at the fair each summer, and it was so nice to spend time there with our kids and pass the tradition on.
The weather was great 70’s and 80’s and beautiful. At the fair, we saw many breeds of dairy, beef, goats, pigs, and horses (including miniature horses), lots of restored tractors, enjoyed “fair food” and a few of the rides. Our LB LOVES tractors and as great as it was to see them, it was a challenge to keep him from climbing up on each one of them. The Iowa State Fair is always ranked as one of the top in the nation, so naturally we got to share our fair experience with a million (literally) other people. It’s great…I love people watching, and I get so many new ideas for fashion and clothing styles, and learn and teach my LB about agriculture at the same time.
There aren’t many places where you can experience this many city and country things in one place, but at the fair you definitely can! One of the neatest things they have is the Knapp Birthing Center. It is a building filled with all different animals that are ready to have babies, and people get to experience that first hand. Growing up on the farm, we were able to understand it and it became a part of everyday life for us. I think it’s great that children and adults from various backgrounds get to experience this as well. Not to mention, who doesn’t LOVE to see babies?! Baby pigs, goats, sheep, calves, ducks, chickens, etc. SO MUCH FUN!
Of course, there’s the butter sculpture too! My grandma Duffy was the “Butter Cow Lady” at the Iowa State Fair for over 40 years and I was so lucky to get to help her for almost 10 years. Many wonderful memories were made with her and it’s so great to see the tradition continue. She was a remarkable woman who has inspired so many people with her talent and loving personality. She was truly an asset to our State Fair. If you get the chance to visit a state or county fair in your area, I highly recommend it. There are so many things to be learned from them (especially for the kids) and learning about agriculture is so important for all people!
Here are a few photo highlights of the weekend. Xoxo, from the Midwest!