What do those three things have in common? All three of those foods can be found on a stick at the 2012 Iowa State Fair, which opened its gates today. And if you need more stick-centric foods, you can also snack on a “octodog” – which is a hot dog in the shape of an octopus(?)– or a pineapple deep-fried in funnel cake batter, or even a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. There is even an iPhone app this year to find the best fried foods at the Iowa State Fair, and the exercise you will need to do afterwards to burn those calories. You can see the full list of foods-on-a-stick here. Iowa: Fields of Opportunities for Cholesterol.
But honestly, if you’ve never been to the Iowa State Fair, you need to get down there. Our State Fair has been nationally recognized as one of the top summer attractions in America and has been covered by Time, USA Today, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, and ESPN, among others. The fair has been held almost continuously since 1854 (the total budget was $323 for that year) and welcomes over 1 million visitors per year from states all over the country. The entire fairgrounds district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For full-blown fair trivia and fun facts, this site is awesome.
There is something for everybody at the State Fair. Live music (paid and free), livestock competitions, races, talent shows, carnival rides, games, beer tents, art exhibitions, historical presentations, and of course the famous butter cow. If you can’t find something to do at the Iowa State Fair, you might not be an American. In fact, we here at LRI are all coming out to the State Fair next Tuesday night! We are proud to serve in this state and to be so close to all the action over the next couple of weeks. These are some great people, this is a great community, and we couldn’t be happier to be helping businesses in this area. So please check out some of these great businesses at the Varied Industries Building, grab an octodog, and we will see you out there!