I live in a suburb close to the state fairgrounds. In case you didn’t know it, our state fair was the one the movie State Fair was really about, at least the original movie. For two weeks every year, the volume of traffic explodes. They have to set up temporary lights and have police officers direct traffic, every day. It is so busy, I usually drive out of my way to get to downtown Des Moines, to avoid it on my way to work.
Our state fair is a big thing here. People actually drive in with big campers to stay for the duration. Unless you are a farmer, I never really understood that.The attendees come from all over the United States and probably the world. If I go at all, it is usually just for a few hours, one day. I have to confess, I have not been there in a few years. My husband and I used to meet another couple in the evening to listen to the Blues Band.
What amazes me is that we are a state that feeds the world and for 10 days each year, we stuff ourselves with food that is not good for you. I grabbed this photo from a share site so don’t think we actually had a Road Kill vendor but the big thing this year was bacon wrapped corn dogs. There are deep fried Twinkies, candy bars, and butter. Funnel cakes, root beer, lemonade, and of course the Bud tent. Don’t picture a small carnival here. This takes up several acres and includes animal barns, a varied industries building, a grandstand for shows and more. You can go see photos that have been judged as well as cooking. Antiques and quilts. The local media set up stages so they can report from the fair daily. On top of that is the midway with all the rides and of course fireworks every night. 355 days a year people work, raise families, attend sports events and are basically pretty normal until the fair comes and everyone is ready to party.
Write about your fair experience. Write about the crowd of people, what they wore, the smells, the sounds, the tastes.
If you have not had a chance to experience a real state fair, mark your calendars for next August in Iowa.
- Obama heads to beer tent at Iowa State Fair (politico.com)
- Iowa State Fair vendor offering double bacon corn dogs (news.yahoo.com)
- STATE FAIR: Guide To The Fun (whotv.com)
- Obama State Fair Visit: In Iowa, President Makes Time For Pork Chops, Beer (huffingtonpost.com)