|Foods on Sticks!
The Iowa State Fair is a fabulous, enormous, decadent, and overwhelming large event, taking place every August in Des Moines, at the fairgrounds. It begins on Wednesday with an enormous parade highlighting some of what the fair has to offer: enormous animals, clowns, commercial advertisements, musical performances, artistic presentations, clowns, antique cars, huge numbers of political candidates, including 2008 presidential ones. Marching bands come from all over to participate; so do dance studios, some showing off hundreds of dancers and tumblers along the parade route.
And then there are foods on sticks. Foods on sticks include some of the ones shown in paper mâché on this float - cotton candy, pork chops, corn dogs, turkey legs - and so many more - fruit kebabs, corn-on-the-cob, toffee apples. Sticks can be built-in to the food in case of turkey legs, chops, and cobs.
Sometime in the next week, we're off to the fair! In the meantime, here are some more pictures from the parade.