Iowa State Fair: Another World for a City Girl But So Amazing!

Photo Credit: Ianthe Jones

 

Another summer, another State Fair. Last year it was Texas, this year we hit up Iowa. For my tastes, Iowa is a more quintessential Fair experience.

Here’s why:

  • Huge focus on livestock and farming – my absolute favorite reason to check out a fair. And this fair provides an extra special treat by highlighting birthing animals – everything from chickens hatching (video above) to pigs and horses.
  • It’s less commercial and corporate (vs. Texas)
  • Des Moines is my kind of town

Another major reason to check out State and County Fairs is the perspective they provide on what is trending culturally, socially and economically around the country.

  • Highly recommend a state fair immersion to all my marketing and entrepreneur friends. It’s both eye-opening and inspiring when it comes to experiencing firsthand what people are eating, drinking, wearing.
  • The Iowa State Fair runs August 10-20. Many other fairs run through September and even October e.g. Nebraska (August 25-September 4th) and Texas (Sept. 29- Oct. 22).

Read on below for highlights with lots of video and pics.

IT’S A VISUAL TREAT

 

LIVESTOCK – This boy falling asleep with his heifer went viral and became the internet sensation of the fair

A boy and his heifer

So bummed we missed the chicken washing and blow-drying demonstration

WHEELS

Shawn and I monster-trucking

Vintage on display

 

ENTERTAINMENT & EXPERIENCES

 I Love The 90’s with Salt N Pepa (who were awesome!), Tone Loc, Coolio (he’s ready to go off the rails) and headlined by Vanilla Ice (who is looking mighty fine!)

I Love The 90’s

 

Transformers – we weren’t sure if these were Times Square-type hustlers or Fair-sponsored

 

Mountain Man Skills: Knife and Hawk

 

Wood Carving

 

Social Media/Instagram Moments

Shawn and his turkeys

Ianthe and me

 

MISCELLANEOUS OTHER:

FARMHER

 

IANTHE AND ME IN OUR MATCHING HATS….

Ianthe and me – and our matching hats

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