Friday, August 21, 2015

Iowa State Fair Adventure

Greetings! I spent a few days with my dear friend, Diane, and her husband in Des Moines. Even though I've lived in the Midwest / Iowa my entire life, I've never been to the Iowa State Fair to see the sites. Here are a few unique displays:

The Iowa State Fair is famous for its Butter Cow - made from a wood, wire, metal and steel mesh frame - and 600 pounds of butter. It's amazing - for the story behind The Butter Cow, go here.

There was also a Monopoly Board Game - it was amazing!

Of course - both were housed in a refrigerated space…

This is a HUGE sand sculpture sponsored by the Pork Producers. If you look closely on the right side of the picture, you can see two people sculpting the sand:

The Iowa State Fair is also famous for food eaten on a stick - just about anything is prepared on a stick - pork chops, corn dogs….here's me and my first fair food I've had on a stick - Chicken shishkabob - probably the most healthy of anything my friend Diane and I could have chosen. It was really windy, so had to hold the hair out of my eyes and off the kabob ;0)


(Not sure why I look like I have a rash/sunburn in the picture….but you get the idea).

And here are the Best in Show for needlework. I couldn't get very close so you can't see the delicate work very well.

I can hardly wait to go again next year! It was a blast!!

As a side note, pop on over to my friend, Diane's blog - Becoming an Artist. She's an amazing artist - from watercolor, pastels to oils.


  1. Mr H and I finally attended the Arizona State Fair after years of living here and we had a great time.... thank you for sharing the wonderful pictures.

  2. How fun! I am glad you had a great time at the Fair. :D

  3. Thanks for taking me along... I was in Des Moines many many years ago...wish I could have seen the State Fair. But I guess I have now... well a little bit anyways.
    Enjoy your weekend. xox

  4. Looks like you had an awesome time at the State Fair.

    Thanks for sharing the photos!

  5. Fabulous, I think the butter cow is my favorite thing.

  6. Oh, it looks fabulous all those butter sculptures :)
    Thank you for sharing the best in show pieces too :) Aren't fairs just matter where they are?!
    Thanks too for sharing the artist's blog link. My daughter is so into becoming an artist that I'm trying to help her along :)

  7. Wow! That is a lot of butter! It would be worth a trip to the fair just to see that - and all of the crafty delights. :) Thanks for sharing!