It was a busy weekend for me -- first, a trip to the Ames straw poll, and then the next day, a visit to the Iowa State Fair with my sister. We were both feeling a little under the weather, trying to get over summer colds. So I didn't take many photos. But I have a few highlights to share with you.
This year's blue-ribbon winner for non-traditional sweet roll was a bacon sticky roll! Can you see the chunks of bacon?
One of my favorite exhibits was "Can-struction," sculptures made by stacking donated canned goods. There was a canned-good butter cow and market-weight hog.
We hopped over to the Iowa lamb food stand for a lamb burger (my husband's favorite).
Then we checked out the pampered show pigs, who were relaxing in the breeze of the fans blowing through the swine barn.
We saw blue-ribbon potatoes.
The fair was celebrating the 100th anniversary of the butter cow by asking local organizations to paint mini-butter cows, which were placed all over the fair grounds. This was one of my favorites.
I came home with a few pieces of fresh saltwater taffy.
OK. Several pieces of taffy.
And I brought home the famous chocolate chip cookies in a cup. Admittedly, this cup was full when I bought it. I don't know where the cookies disappeared to...