Sunday, August 22, 2010

Iowa State Fair 2010

Where can you find over 50 foods on a stick, a cow sculpted out of 600 pounds of butter and "non stop fun"?

The Iowa State Fair of course!

The ISF is one of the largest state fairs in the US and I am proud to say it is held every year in my hometown and even on the side of town I grew up on. Iowans are pretty proud of their state fair and although I don't get as excited about it as I did when I was a kid I still end up there at least a couple times during it's 10 day run.

We went last Friday for "East Side Night", which is the side of town the Fair is held on and the citizens of that side of town have proudly claimed this night as their own. The first Friday of the Fair is typically ESN and its always an interesting night... I grew up on the east side so I'm allowed to make fun. ;) Obviously this side of town is not the ritzy side, but they keep things interesting!

That night Nick and I rode this ride, the Skyscraper. I rode this rode almost 6 years ago at the Missouri state fair and I wasn't scared at all. This time... I was terrified. I had my eyes shut and covered with my hands pretty much the entire time.

During our second trip to the fair last night we rode the other thrill ride available, the Ejection Seat. Now this one I loved! I thought this would be worse than the Skyscraper, but it wasn't! I loved it!

After the Ejection Seat we just had to drag my best friend, Kristi on a ride... she never rides ANYTHING. Ever! She's always scared something is going to happen, but we somehow got her to ride the Crazy Mouse with us. This ride was a spinny rollar coaster type ride, that was pretty tame except it really swung you around and made us dizzy!

Before riding the Ejection Seat Kristi started hugging me and (drunkenly) saying how much she loved me and didn't want me to die.. it was pretty funny.

During all this we saw a great fireworks show! They ended the night right. :)

The Fair would not be the Fair without food... and lots of it. There are over 200 food vendors, from fried twinkies to corndogs to rice krispie treats on a stick. Every year I get a corndog (or two) and we always drink lots of beer. This year was absolutely no different. I had two corndogs and more beer than I care to share...

Like last year I also got to meet up with my good friend, Lesli! She's also a fellow Iowan and wouldn't miss the Fair either! :)

After sleeping in until after 10am this morning Nick and I headed out to Saylorville for a day on the boat. He looooves to fish and I love to be on the water so it was pretty perfect. Problem was I didn't plan on spending five hours on the water and didn't realize I was getting sunburnt so bad... I am in some serious pain. Hopefully it's not worse tomorrow.

I cannot believe I just posted a picture of me with NO makeup on. How liberating... ;)


Anonymous said...

make up or not you are still gorgeous! So glad you had fun at the fair! I cant wait for next week when the Minnesota one starts :)


Jen said...

You look pretty cute with no makeup. I hope your sunburn heals soon without much itching!!! Do they have vinegar fries at your fair?

Paige said...

love love LOVE the fair! hope the sunburn goes away quickly...I've been told that vinegar takes some of the burn/sting away. might be worth a shot if you're in pain?

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

The MN State Fair starts here this weekend! I usually only go every couple of years when I attend a concert there. I didn't grow up going to the fair, so it's not as big of a ritual for me. But this year, I have some out-of-town bloggers visiting, so I am taking them there! Should be fun. Plus we are going to a Brandi Carlile concert which I am really looking forwrad to

And ouch! that burn looks so painful. :( Hope it goes away soon!!

saucyminx410 said...

Ouchie on the sunburn and bravo for your death-defying ride, riding. I used to love all types if rides and had no fear of them - now I won't even set foot on rollercoasters I rode 100s of times as a kid- something changes in your equlibrium or something as an adult - at least it did with me- sucks- I miss rides!

Anonymous said...

Ouch! I hope you're not in more pain today!!

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

I am completely jealous! I love going to state fairs! Glad you had a great time minus getting sun burned!

P said...

That's some serious sunburn you've got there, girl! Looks so sore!

Leigh Hutchens Burch said...

You really DON'T look bad without makeup.

Also, make sure you stay away from eggs in Iowa! I just heard about the recall today.

Kate Spears said...

i'm your newest follower! oh how i dearly love fairs of any kind! i've done three posts about them in the last three weeks! eek! happy tuesday!

Tiffany and the Munchkins said...

I hope your sunburn isn't too painful! I gave you an award on Friday. Swing by and check it out. Thanks. :) said...

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