Once we had seen the knitting, we moved on to peruse the other highlights and to sample the fair delicacies. I had intended to photographically document our multi-course grazing of fried and grilled food, but lost my stamina mid-way through.
One of our first stops was to see the butter cow.
When I was at my parent's house a few weeks ago I saw a segment on one of the Des Moines news channels covering the annual sculpting of the butter cow. And to my dismay, I learned that the butter cow is only half a butter cow and is not solid butter. Had I thought about it more deeply in the past, I guess I would have understood that, but I hadn't. And this bit of information left me disheartened. While other states and fairs have butter sculpture, the Iowa State Fair was the first to have a butter cow dating back to 1911. Apparently, there is a movie coming out next year about the cut throat world of butter sculpting called Butter starring Jennifer Garner due to be released next year. I hope it's a dark comedy akin to Drop Dead Gorgeous.
I think one of the most interesting buildings at the Iowa State Fair is the Animal Learning Center where you can see baby animals being born: cows, sheep, chickens, ducks, etc.
This poor mama ewe was ready to burst.
These two were cute.
And sometimes don't we all feel like the black sheep of the family.
This little chick had only been around a little while.
But from the very small, we went to the very large. A really really big bull.
I swear he was staring right at me pleading for help. We also took a look at the ginormous boar, but he was taking what appeared to be a miserable nap so no decent pictures.
Of course fried food on a stick was consumed. I felt Rykert was being insensitive to consume his lamb kabob right outside of the Sheep Barn.
And I got Nurse Rykert a new hat.
I think he should wear it to work and see if anyone notices.