Monday, August 23, 2010

Indiana State Fair

Each year, I love going to the state fair.  I always took my children to the state fair and I would sing "it's the great, state fair."  They would be embarassed, but we had fun.  My children were city slickers and would walk though the barns housing animals holding their noses.  2010 was declared the year of the pig.
Year of the pig

 We were never much for the midway.  We might walk through, but never rode many rides.  I always fear fair rides are unsafe.  There are too many other things to do, too!

Since it was year of the pig, I had Doug take this pic.

cheese sculpture.  there was a sign that said it would be ground up to feed animals.

I believe they said Argentina cockroaches.  I didn't touch them!

I LOVE pineapple whip and the state fair is the only place to get it.

the old Hooks drugstore on the fairgrounds

this covered bridge was added in '08
 New to the fair this year was a statue by artist J. Seward Johnson (see his red signature on the woman's shoe on the back of the sculpture).  The name of the statue is "God Bless America," and was inspired by Grand Wood's American Gothic and represents rural America in the 30's.
me, dwarfed by the new statue

Doug insisted I take this.


me, in the Department of Natural Resources building.

I have a minor in Natural Resources.  The Department of Natural Resources building is one of my favorites.  They have fish in tanks in the walls.  There is a store at the back with items from state parks.  There is a display that has a storm and shows how a town might be flooded.  I have to watch that every year.

Young McDonald's farm

I thought these little cows were beautiful.

Doug grew up on a farm, so he had to get in on the act.

so sweet

giant pumpkin

Big Smokey

largest boar and his big...

Pioneer village
 The Pioneer Village is one of my favorites, too.  We got there too late this year and the building was closing.  Seems there is never enough time to take everything in.
the sign reads "a pig bought on credit is always grunting."

this sign has been the same for years.  I love it.
I grew up, marching with the band at state fair and this same sign has been around, I know, since then.  I always have to see the photography display.  I also like to see...well, everything!


^..^Corgidogmama said...

What a terrific post!
I loved seeing the fair through your eyes with your memories thrown in.
That big boar needed a wagon for his, ahem, assets! We haven't been to the fair in decades, so it was wonderful seeing it again!

Kelly said...

Looks like fun!!

That photo of the baby pig is adorable!

KleinsteMotte said...

This is a favourite post of mine because you presented it so much like a tour through a fair and added great reflections.

Sandy, Sisters of Season said...

Hey, I haven't heard from you in awhile. Hope everything is going well. The pics look great and looks like lots of fun too! Sandy:O)

Chatty Crone said...

I love those little baby pigs nursing. You made me want to go to the state fair - I think ours is in October! You look great.


Mary Jo said...

Where did you find the baby pigs? We looked everywhere .. then our trip devolved into "look at that pig's ..." "look at that sheep's ..." Ha! Cause my family's classy that way.

Princess of Everything (and then some) said...

I loved the pigs! I did not know a boars eeerrrmmmm boys could get that big!

Keetha Denise Broyles said...

Somehow I missed this post!

What fun!!!

I have NEVER been to a state fair, ours or anyone else's. Looks like I've been missing out!

I'll pass on those roaches. They're making me quake just looking at them!

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