Don’t miss it, don’t even be late

The title of my blog is a reference to the opening song of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway musical ‘State Fair’ that is based on our very own Iowa State Fair.

‘Our State Fair’

Every year over one million people from around the globe crowd into the grand concourse to be delighted by the state’s best in agriculture, industry, entertainment and achievement. And let’s not forget all the food on a stick!

It’s truly not to be missed, but even more so this year since we are heading into a presidential election. Candidates storm Iowa in the months leading up to the caucuses and one of their big (and heavily publicized) stops is our great state fair. Fairgoers are sure to have astonishing access and front row seats for any and all photo ops and soapbox moments.

This past weekend we made our annual pilgrimage to the fair and it did not disappoint. Having a toddler (and stroller) in tow makes for an interesting trek around the fairgrounds, but seeing it all anew through his eyes was the BEST!

[Ev meet elk]

[zzzzz…what a boar]

[how Evie does lemonade]

[a cold, creamy scoop from the Dairy Barn]

[the day was complete after this as far as I’m concerned]

[two feet of golden fried goodness]

[a little warm, but all smiles at the Governor’s Charity Steer Show]

New to the fair? Be sure to check out my tried and true Iowa State Fair to-do list.

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Originally published at on August 17, 2015.