This week I found myself in Des Moines, Iowa, where I was fortunate to find the Iowa State Fair poised to open its ten day run. The fair actually started the day I left, but the night before there was a free preview to anyone wanting to roam the fairgrounds.
A lot of the features and shows were open and running as well as restaurants and assorted deep fried foods-on-sticks stands. Some of the rides were even running. Most of the animals were there, though "Champions Row" was empty so I didn’t get to see the prize hogs which are reportedly a sight to behold. However, I did see a lot of cattle, swine and other animals I’ve never been so close to before. It was kind of thrilling.
Here is Scooter, the flirting Ostrich. He was into me. I could tell by the
way he kept batting those long eyelashes and leaning in for the photos.
Whatever you do, don’t forget to make your way into the Agriculture building. That’s where you will find the amazing butter sculptures.
I looked up the artist on the internet so I could give her credit since I'm putting her artwork on my site without permission. Her name is Norma "Duffy" Lyon and here is her website. It lists a few of her other subjects and has a picture of another of her sculptures - The Last Supper!