off to the fair

Ahhhh, the Iowa State Fair. Some people love it, some people loathe it.

But with this little girl, what's not to love? We can't help but have a good time.

We lucked out with the most perfect 70-degree sunny day.

We took Lo to Little Hands on the Farm, where kids make their way through a farm along a path that includes a garden, grain bin, apple orchard, chicken coop, tractor shed, sheep barn and dairy barn.

After gathering items along the way, they get the chance to sell these items at the Farmers’ Market for a dollar to buy a treat.

Of course, the animals were a hit. Lo wanted to hang with the baby chicks all afternoon. And we got to meet a few horses and cows and pigs throughout the day.

The butter cow is always a thrilling sight to behold.

And you can't leave the fair without having a corn dog. I love fair treats.

The fair food indulgences are mostly my thing, Bo being the vegetarian and Lotus being, well, the picky two-year-old. (But forget the chocolate covered bacon. I only eat the normal stuff.)

Lo was really funny with the cotton candy. Totally freaked out by it. There was no way she was going to try it.

It was a fun-filled, busy day for sure.

But it was awesome to have a whole day of uninterrupted family time, just the three of us.


  1. I love a good fair. I havent had a corn dog in ages, kind of want one now. Love your pictures and story of your little family fair adventure:)

  2. Great pictures! Looks like a fun time! 70 degrees? Wow, you lucked out!

  3. As a born and bred Iowa girl, I can't tell you how jealous I am of your trip to the fair. I don't think I've been to the Iowa state fair in 20 years!

    Your daughter's reaction to the cotton candy cracked me up by the way. Kids are so funny.

  4. Around here we call them "corn dongs"...and by "we" I mean my husband and I and no one else.

  5. Awesome pics! I love fall when it is fair time, I can't wait to eat some fait food! :) You had a perfect day!

  6. awww awesome pics. That is a funny look Lo is giving the cotton candy! I am surprised! lol
    We had funnel cakes at the zoo on Saturday. Something I hadn't had in FOREVA!
    Glad you had a great weekend!

  7. Great fair photos! The cotton candy one is priceless. I'm totally with you on the food, it is the BEST. I look forward to the ISF every year, I think it must be the best in the country. Fun to see another version of the cutout photo.

  8. oh man, that cotton candy shot is making me laugh and laugh. poor lotus! heh. and DUDE. that weather. sigh.

  9. hi mama!! That fair is just too cute! Looks like a great time!

  10. ive been once-totally by accident-and loved it. yum, funnel cakes!


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