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Iowa State Fair

American Gothic - in balloons American Gothic - in balloons

My father and I went to the fair on Monday and hit up many of the highlights: the butter cow, the biggest boar, the Avenue of Breeds, a few competitions, and, of course, favorite fair foods. These include pork chops from the Iowa Pork Producer's building, funnel cakes,and Bauder's peppermint ice cream bars. We spent a while watching a horseshoe competition to see how it's properly done, having only just learned how to play properly at the family reunion in New Jersey the previous week.

In past years, a giant sand sculpture, made for the fair anew each time, has occupied the main lobby of the Cultural Center on the fairgrounds. This year, however, there were balloons. I was disappointed until I saw the results - a three-dimensional recreation of American Gothic, complete with eyeglasses, pitchfork, and extra decorate parts, such as a cow and a chicken. A running fan made all the nearly-life-sized figures sway gently as if slightly animated.

Here are a sampling of fair photos, added after the fair parade photos from a week ago Wednesday.


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Aug. 19th, 2006 04:17 am (UTC)
What I am curious to know is whether those pork chops were on sticks. At the Minnesota state fair for some reason virtually every food you can imagine (and some things that seem most unlikely) gets put on a stick, including pork chops.
Aug. 19th, 2006 04:22 am (UTC)
Most pork chops at the fair are served on sticks, but the Pork Producers are special - they serve them on plates, with optional sides of baked beans, chips, and apple sauce. So no, my pork chop of choice involved no stick at all.

Which reminds me of something: one snack stand off the beaten path at the fair advertised "Absolutely nothing on a stick", to set itself apart from the crowd.
Aug. 19th, 2006 04:24 am (UTC)
LOL! It's amazing what becomes unique, isn't it?
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