Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Veggies and Flowers at the Iowa State Fair

(I wish I could have thought of a more exciting title for this post than "Veggies and Flowers at the Iowa State Fair," but no matter how hard I tried I just couldn't think of anything good. Sorry about that!)

Last month we went to the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, which is about an hour and 45 minutes away from where we live. It was worth the trip: Iowa really knows how to put on a state fair! It was a lot of fun and I plan on doing a few posts in the coming weeks about various things we saw and did there.

Did you know that there are contests at state fairs for things like the best vegetables and best flowers? I didn't. I'm rooting for them now though.

Prize-winning desiccated corn. Who knew?

John checking out some of the gourd winners.
My dad, the produce guru. He eats lots of fruits and vegetables and may have been thinking about taking one of these for a little snack.

The flowers were my favorite...and most of them pretty much looked the same in quality to me. How on earth are these judged? Probably by very skilled florists and horticulturists.


And finally, one really big pumpkin...

This would make a lot of pumpkin pies.

The competitive world of vegetable and flower-growing is a pretty exciting one, isn't it?
It was fun to see!


Alyson (New England Living) said...

Looks like you had a lot of fun! I love seeing those huge pumpkins at fairs. I'm not much of a fair person, but I always love the monster pumpkins (and other strangely large veggies) when I do go. :)

I've been to a couple of county fairs in Connecticut and they both had contests for the veggies and such like your's did. I think that is pretty much the norm, but I haven't been to a lot so I don't know.

I like your photo of the corn! I love different colors of corn. So cool!

Kristina P. said...

We are going to our fair on Friday. I really only go for the amazing fried food.

Donna said...

You crack me up Kristina! It's true, there is so much fried food at a fair, for better or worse!

Alyson, I think you're right that it's a typical fair thing to have competitions for produce and so many other things. I haven't been to many fairs either but I think we'll go to this one each summer.

dougandcheryl said...

Wow. That is one big pumpkin. I haven't been to a fair in years. It does look fun.

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Mrs4444 said...

Definitely exciting, and also very interesting!