Saturday, August 18, 2007
I have been wanting to go to the Iowa State Fair for several years. I had not been there since the early 70s. What a miserable trip that was. We walked and walked and walked and then walked some more, which would not have been bad if you could actually see something when you got there but the crowds were so large it was difficult to look at anything. The only building we actually enjoyed was the Agricultural Building and we were there about 9:30, so the real crowds had not started yet. I really wanted to see all the photographs in the cultural arts building but there was no chance of even getting close to see any of the photos. The same with the arts and crafts, I never did find the quilts, needlework and baked goods etc. The information booths were so busy you couldn't get to one to ask any questions, the map I printed out off of their web site was for the most part worthless, it listed the various buildings but not what was on display in the building. We were sitting on a bench, having a lemonade, three buses stopped right in front of us with police escorts, Senator Grassley got off the bus with a foreign delegation, I wanted to give him a piece of my mind (he was only 3 feet from me) but my husband suggested that was not a good idea :). I did get a funnel cake, which turned out to be the highlight of the trip. Never again!