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Fair Days Continue

By Staff | Jul 30, 2015

The Palo Alto County Fair has come to a conclusion. The kids had a great time and earned nice honors. And the food was good, too.

Many of the young people in 4-H and FFA now have the opportunity to take their projects to the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines. That’s in just a couple of weeks, Aug. 13-23.

We heard judges and parents discussing scheduling: if you want to show at this and that, you should do this one first so you have time to get to that one. Having never been to the Iowa State Fair, I can only imagine how far apart the venues might be.

News releases about the Iowa State Fair arrive on a daily basis. We missed this event, but it sounds like fun – the 19th annual Corndog Kickoff Benefit Auction and Food Fair Grazing Party. This is an opportunity to raise funds to renovate and restore the historic fairgrounds. In the years this event has been going on they have raised more than $4 million for the restoration and preservation of the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

Put this on your “must do” list:?see the world-famous Iowa State Fair Butter Cow! In addition to the cow, this year sculptor Sarah Pratt will be creating Monopoly pieces and Rich Uncle Pennybags in honor of the classic board game’s 80th anniversary.

Fair-goers burn a fair amount of calories just walking around the grounds. That provides the opportunity to eat your way through the fairgrounds. New foods at the Iowa State Fair include:?Apple Pie On-a-Stick; Bruschetta; Cattleman’s Steak Wrap; Chocolate Dipped Strawberries on a Stick; Corn in a Cup; Deep Fried Cherry Pie; Deep Fried Nacho Balls; Donut Sundae; Golden Fried Peanut Butter &?Jelly on a Stick; Gluten Free Corndog; Kernel Kluster; Pumpkin Spice Funnel Cake; Toasted Coconut Caramel Cluster; Ultimate Bacon Explosion; 27″ Super Chill Beer; and, the newest Fair Square flavor, Chocolate Marshmallow Malt.

It would take the entire fair (tasting about two new fair foods a day) to try them all. The description of Corn in a Cup – a heaping portion of grilled Iowa Sweet Corn cut straight off the cob, then mixed with pork chorizo, butter, chayote cheese, lime juice, sour cream, mayo and “Magic Dust” (secret spice). It is considered the caviar of Iowa. The 2015 New Fair Food winner will be announced on August 18.

We have the opportunity of three fairs and three months:?Palo Alto County Fair in July, Iowa State Fair in August, and, Clay County Fair in September. One down and two to go. That’s a whole lot of walking and a whole lot of eating!