Friday, August 13, 2010

Iowa State Fair: Visit #1


When we went to the fair was 96 degrees.  If that doesn't sound bad enough for you...the heat index was like 110!  But we are HARD CORE we went anyways. I took the little camera, which needs to be replaced, so bear with me on the slightly fuzzy photos at times, but there was no way I was dragging the big clunky one around. First of all, I love to take pics in the master gardener garden area.  I am SO doing this either this year or next.  I will probably have to wait til next year.  It is so cute.  And those are plastic pots, so this could be done very cheaply. 

I love these colors! The purple, red, and yellow are so bold!  I always like to get ideas when I am here.

I don't know these people, I'll admit, but they are so cute.  It was late afternoon and I caught them having a little break.  I personally don't know how they could lean on each other at those temperatures.  My guy and I are usually pretty snuggly...but we could not stand to hardly touch because we were sweating so bad.

My son enjoyed the firetruck simulation.  All the stuff inside the truck works, or seems to work, and he can hear scanner traffic inside the headphones. Below...this is me attempting to feed this deer-like creature in the petting zoo. You can see through the progression of photos my reaction to how slimy this creatures tongue was...The last one is kind of blurry but you can see my face, I think.

This is a really horrible cellphone pic I took of me and my guy.  We were really, really sweaty, and I actually was unsure about including it.

Finally, more pics of beautiful mass plantings at the fair. You might notice if you read my blog regularly that they have a lot of the same plants that I do...or maybe I have a lot of the same plants they do.  I shop at the master gardener sale every year, and that is the same stock they use for the fairgrounds garden.

Look! Castor bean plants that are staked up and not leaning painfully to one side.  Sigh.  I am going to have to buy a metal pole driver thing and stake mine up.  None of my regular stakes are strong enough.

Stay tuned for more posts on the fair...I plan on going three more times! Do you visit the fair in your state?


  1. Just think of it this way: All of the trips to the fair in the summer heat will melt off the highly caloric things you eat at the fair. So it'll be a wash. ;)

    Have fun!

  2. Looks like you had a great time! I love the fair!

  3. Your state fair looks like our Agrofest in B'dos.Looks like you had so much fun. I so enjoy your blog,thanks for sharing.

  4. Will you go to the fair this year?(just realised it was 2010) lol!


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