Thursday, August 14, 2008

Only in Iowa

Every part of the country has its own unique festival, celebration, etc. One of the biggest draws in Iowa is the Iowa State Fair. For ten days in August the streets and freeways are clogged as hundreds of thousands of people attend. Once there, you can munch on corn dogs, smoked turkey legs, corn on the cob, funnel cakes, cotton candy. You can wash them down with fresh lemonade or copious amounts of beer as you wander around admiring the latest farm machinery, prize winning livestock (sheep, pigs, cattle, horses, chickens...if it clucks, moos, or'll see it there!). Or you can take a trip through the Varied Industries Building and see all the latest gadgets to make your life easier, and maybe get a real deal from the eager sales staff on a pool, sauna, or new vacuum cleaner. If none of these trip your trigger, you can always stop and watch many of the free performances given at various stages located around the fairgrounds.

But even with all of the above to see, hear, and do, one of the biggest draws at the fair is a trip through the Agricultural Building to see the butter cow. Yes, I said "butter cow!" It's a wood and wire frame slathered with 600 pounds of Iowa butter, then carved into a Guernsey, Jersey, Holstein, or one of the other dairy breeds. They've been displaying this cow (a new one every year, however they do recycle some of the butter from one year to the next) since 1911. Now is it hokey??? A little, but it's a tradition! Kind of like fireworks on the 4th of July, picnics on Labor Day, and in this constantly changing world, I appreciate that!

So, yes, I did take a trip to the fair, AND stand in line to view the butter cow! Now if I could just figure out a way to work this into a mystery!!! ;)

Take care, see you next week,

I thought you all might like to see what the cow looks like, so here's a pic. I also took a picture of one of my friends admiring the cow, but she said if I posted it, she'd have to hurt me! ;)


Blondie0409 said...

A butter cow? Wow, what will they come up with next! LOL.

nascarandbeans said...

Every year i say were headed to the fair down there and every year something comes up we cant get there.. i want to see that darned butter you got to go, and one of these years we will make it down there... im hoping to get to make it down monday to Camp Dodge for ID cards and do some shopping with hubby and the girls, but not sure thats going to happen yet either..

Angie Fox said...

Great pic! Now I want to go to the Iowa State Fair. My husband is at the Missouri State Fair this week - doing some PR for a client. He's taking our daughter on Saturday (while I write) and I can't wait to see what she thinks.

Katie said...

Do they race pigs at your Fair?

That is the big draw here in Wisconsin!

Shirley Damsgaard said...

Katie, I've heard of pig races--the pigs race for Oreo's, right??? I don't know if they have those races at the fair, but they do have a cow chip tossing contest and outhouse races! LOL! Stuff like this is one of the reasons I love the Midwest--it doesn't take much to amuse us!!! ;)

And Nascarandbeans--have fun shopping!! During the fair is a great time to go--the stores aren't as crowded!!

Everyone...have a great weekend, and I'll see you next week!


jillthepill said...

I live in Dallas, Texas and we have a state fair. We also have the famous butter cow !

I just wanted to tell you that I just love the Abby and Ophelia mysteries ! It makes me wish I had a grandmother like Abby !

By the way, get down to Texas for a visit, too !

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