Actually, I think it's on the list because a midwestern State Fair is so very representative of Americana, you know? Hubby went to the New Jersey State Fair during the first few months he was living there and said it was positively laughable that they called it a state fair. This is a very uniquely midwestern cultural thing, and it is something to experience. And Iowa's version has a reputation for being the best of the genre.
In any case, we've been saying for the last four years that we needed to get ourselves to Des Moines for the Fair some summer, and with the prospect of leaving Iowa looming, we had some urgency about it this year. So, we headed to Des Moines last Friday with great anticipation to enjoy an event to which, as its motto states, "Nothing Compares".
Only here's the thing. It turns out that something does compare: the Kansas State Fair.
|Yes, Kansas has a butter cow, too.|
OK, I do believe they had more total food booths. Almost all of them were commercial food sellers. In Hutch, there were a lot of churches and such who had food stands -- I saw very few of those here. Rows and rows of fried foods and food on a stick.
But no Jaffles!! No Jaffles!! What is a State Fair without Jaffles?
Sigh! All around, the day was a bit of a let-down. Mainly, I think, because we were expecting so much more. Not to discourage anyone from attending -- especially you east coast friends who have never been to a REAL State Fair. You must go to one before you die. Somewhere in the midwest, where the State Fairs are what they're supposed to be.
Might I suggest Hutchinson, Kansas, in September.