Iowa State Fair

I’ll admit it: I’d never been to a State Fair. What type of Midwesterner has never been to a State Fair? I couldn’t live with myself. I decided to make the journey to Des Moines, Iowa, for the 158th annual Iowa State Fair. The Iowa State Fair’s own website calls it “a salute to the state’s best in agriculture, industry, entertainment and achievement. It is the true heartbeat of the Midwest, unequaled and unduplicated.”

Wow! What a review! How could I be missing out all these years?

Dying to see a good livestock competition? Head to the Iowa State Fair.

If I were to ask you to name 3 types of cows, could you do it? I can now: Holstein, Brown Swiss, Jersey, and Guernsey. Threw the last one in there just to show off. The things you learn at the Iowa State Fair! Check out the Brown Swiss, my personal favorite:

What a beaut!

The Fair featured quite the selection of animals. Cows, chicken, sheep, and the most delicious–the pig. I was really hoping they would roast this little guy right there on the spot.

Why am I not smelling bacon? Rip-off.

Even though there were no pigs being roasted right there in the barn, the Iowa State Fair does not disappoint. As you may have heard, the Iowa State Fair is somewhat notorious for its fare. Apparently there is a yearly one-upping by the vendors to try to make the most unhealthy piece of Fair food. Last year it was deep-fried butter on a stick. This year it was a corn dog wrapped in bacon, deep fried, then coated with another layer of batter with bacon bits, and deep fried again. The double bacon corn dog. I found the deep-fried butter, but not the bacon corn dog masterpiece.


What a delight!


I have to say that the deep-fried butter was quite lovely. The butter had totally melted to a liquid state within the fried batter, which basically resulted in an Elephant Ear dunked in delicious butter. I fully intended to take one bite and throw the rest away, but I was absolutely taken by this wonderful treat. I would say that this trip was a success based on the deep-fried butter alone.

Double Bacon Corn Dog

While walking on through the Fair, I found my favorite T-shirt:

Be Inspired!

After contacting, I was referred to the Iowa Pork Producers Association (IPPA). T-shirts can be had at a reasonable price! What a delight!

There are fairs, there are State Fairs, and there is the Iowa State Fair.

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