Last year, when I first proposed to my friend Angela that we go to the Iowa State Fair, I received the typical response friends give me when I propose an unusual trip—dead silence for about 10 seconds and then agreement. I think they just humor me.
Determined to actually make it to Des Moines this time instead of being stranded in Minneapolis due to a blizzard (like three years ago when we tried the first time) which resulted in Angela and I spending the night in a cheesy hotel with a ‘70s clover leaf-shaped pool and passing the time at the Mall of Americas the next day while we waited for our evening flights, we decided to go in the summer. Phew, long sentence.
The Iowa State Fair was so super fun! Toted as having more than 50 foods on a stick and tons of interesting concoctions, we set out to try as many as we could. Here’s a list of what we consumed in order of best to worst:
- Fried butter on a stick
- Fried cheese curds
- Pork chop on a stick
- Rice Krispie Treat with chips, pretzels, M & Ms, marshmallows, chocolate on a stick
- Hot Beef Sundae
- Fried turkey breakfast sausage on a stick with powdered sugar and syrup
- Fried cheese on a stick
- Pickle pop
- Bacon on a stick dipped in chocolate
- Red Velvet funnel cake on a stick
We also participated in a wine tasting; craft beers tasting (Iowa has great local beers); viewed snakes, sheep, goats, cows, rabbits, and horses; and watched a Red Hot Chili Peppers tribute band called First Born Unicorn.
We spent 7 ½ hours at the Fair and spent the rest of the day in a food coma. The next day we shopped, drank, ate, and drank some more. I need to seriously detox. While I was waiting for my flight at the airport, two people got through security without IDs. Apparently, besides being a great place to visit, there are no rules in Des Moines 🙂