First thing on the list is getting a bucket of cookies. These fresh, still hot and melting in your mouth delicious chocolate chip cookies are the best thing to eat while walking around the fair looking at everything it has to offer. I’m sure by next year there will be tons of new foods to try since every vendor has a whole nother year to think of new ideas to freeze or fry to put on a stick for easy walking, gawking, talking, and of course eating while participating in the people watching pro-sport which the state fair is famous for. I could watch all the funny people at the fair for days but then I realize they are probably watching and laughing at me also as I just felt a big chocolate chip chunk still stuck to my lip from my snack a few hours ago.
Another one of my favorite things to do while at the fair is compete in the fun fair contests. Whether it’s egg rolling, cow pie throwing, or even a yummy pie eating contest it is so much fun to enter, compete and of course EAT! (However, do NOT eat the cow pie). Last year I was at the fair for twelve of the best days of my summer. I was a grandstand usher and my friends and I tried to enter and do as much as we could each day. I think it came from all the years my parents drove my brothers and I to the Iowa State Fair to enter the pedal pull contest. We have lots of hardware and fun trophies from the sweat, determination, and teeth clenching competition from our pedal power. I am very sad to hear the 2020 fair is cancelled but I do look forward to next year with even bigger and better expectations. The Iowa State Fair has been around for 165 years and only includes 5 cancellations of the event. The last time the Iowa State Fair was cancelled was during World War 2. I realize this was not an easy decision to make. I plan to take this year to practice my egg rolling, cow pie throwing, people watching skills and make 2021 the best fair yet!
~ Kesley Holdgrafer