Iowa State Fair 2012...

Wednesday, September 5, 2012
On Saturday, August 18th we headed to the Iowa State Fair.  Now that we have kiddos, the fair is a different experience.  More about the activities and less about the people watching, fair fare, etc.  There is SO much to do for kids at the fair.  Every year we get a little bit better at tackling it in an organized fashion.  Like this year we planned to be there right when "Little Hands on the Farm" opened at 9am and park on that side of the fair.  The little, super cute exhibit gets WAY crowded as the day goes on.  We hit it at the perfect time and we didn't wait FOREVER (like last year - oh yes I remember I was 8 months pregnant!).
They have all these activities the kiddos do from planting seeds, to harvesting, to feeding the animals, collecting eggs, moving haybails with tractors, taking the food to the market which culminates with using your money to buy something at the grocery store.  Solon picked a carton of chocolate milk and Vera picked mini muffins (which she generously shared with Solon).
We, of course, had to stop by the butter cow and then grab some honey lemonade - my hubby's favorite.  It was really good this year!
We stopped at the farrowing exhibit and saw tons of baby animals - we just missed the birth of a goat but we got to see the mom cleaning it up (makes-me-want-to-throw-up thinking about it but cool how animals care for their young in a gross licking blood sort of way - and we will move on...)  Next stop was the animal barns...Solon bent down to get friendly with the pigs (remember he likes to be one with his animal friends) only to stand up and see this below...
...He would.not.move - he was grossed out - pig manure alert on his leg!  We got him all cleaned up and sanitized and continued on to the "largest" section - where we saw the 1600 lb. boar...
Vera liked the horses...
 
After the barns we decided to eat an early lunch and avoid the crazy, long lines that would ensue.  We stopped at MY FAVORITE - the beef producers and had a beef sundae (yummy!!!).  Mashed potatoes covered in pot roast, gravy, cheese and a cherry tomato on top - I mean you never knew you needed to try it but now every single fair you have to have it.  Solon enjoyed his walking taco which was gynormous (really it was the size of his head), he ate about 1/8th of it!
 
We also toured the model train exhibit and I wanted to do one "ride" with Solon - the giant slide.  It was SO much fun...he really wanted to do it again and I don't really know why I said no because I could have gone for another round too - maybe it was the $4 price tag for each trip....


 
We finished the day touring some trailers, tractors, and things with 4 wheels before grabbing our other favorite fair food, the mini chocolate-chip cookies, walking down the concourse and heading home around 5pm.  We were all exhausted but the weather was perfect which made it bearable to spend the whole day!
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