Sunday, August 4, 2013

the state fair

It's the best time of the year in Indiana - State Fair time!  After early service at church this morning, we headed over the state fairgrounds.  This year is the Year of the Popcorn, which Steve was very excited about.  
We began with a tour through Pioneer Village.
Steve's grandfather used to sell these tractors back in the day. 
 No idea why the Indiana State Fair would have a wolf show, but I was very excited nonetheless.  (For those who don't know, I have been slightly obsessed with wolves since age 9 or so.)
 Next stop was the horticulture exhibits, aka the "grown-up stuff."  This is the first year that Steve and I found ourselves lingering at the gardens and examining different floral species - I blame it on being homeowners, or maybe maturation, but it was surprisingly a lot of fun!  And Steve even won a "take-home herb garden."  We're looking forward to giving it a try next year.
Next stop was the food exhibits - including the world's largest popcorn ball!  Steve was in popcorn heaven.
I was more impressed by this windmill made entirely out of cans.  
We headed to the animal exhibits next.  These were always my favorite growing up.  This year they had a llama exhibit and this guy was just too cute.
And of course, what would the state fair be without delicious fair food?   I went for the classic elephant ear, while Steve opted for fully loaded fries.
We opted out of fried oreos, snickers, twinkies, etc this year but I still managed to snap a picture and drool as we walked by.  Stupid (relatively) healthy eating lifestyle!  
Last stop was the Midway (aka where all the carnival rides are).  We didn't ride anything this time around, but strolling past the rides took me back to when I used to go to the fair as a kid.  Great memories.
It was an absolutely lovely day and we had a great time.  Besides, what kind of Hoosiers would we be if we didn't attend (and love) the State Fair?  Here's hoping 2014 is just as fun as 2013!

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