I love the state fair.
No, I simply ADORE it. Maybe it's one too many Curious George episodes because that used to not be the case. Kentucky State Fair? Eh...take it or leave it...leave it most years. That was for the 4-H nerds and FFA cowboys, of which I was neither. Give me a show on Broadway any day of the week but let's just cruise right on past that fair and hit the outlet mall.
Not anymore, my friends. I'm completely eat up with the state fair.
And it could be because I'm also a little eat up with my home state now that I'm back again. I'm so very Kentucky Proud that I cook almost exclusively food grown here in Kentucky. And when friends come to visit, I load them up with Maker's Mark bourbon balls and Weisenberger Mill banana bread mix and a lovely Talon Winery red or white. I don't remember any time before now when Kentucky has had so much to offer in the way of goods and services. And the Kentucky State Fair is a 2-week celebration of all things home-grown and home-bred. I would be heartbroken if I missed it.
Last Thursday, I asked a friend who has a son that's just 6 weeks younger than Blue if they wanted to join us for a walk through the fair. They are from Colorado so I deemed it the perfect opportunity to rain down some Kentucky pride, even if it was mostly unsolicited. She said yes...even at 24 weeks pregnant. Love her heart. I owe her more than a bag of grits for walking it with me for almost 3 hours. But what a great adventure we had!
The Kentucky State Fair is held every year in August at the Louisville Exposition and Fairgrounds. It's right on I-65. You can't miss it - you can either go to the Louisville airport or the fairgrounds. There are signs everywhere. And you can see the stadium from the interstate. The farm animals are in the west wing, which most people find by following the smell and the growing number of cattle trailers. I was so preoccupied with making sure Blue did not pet a cow that I forgot to take a picture. But here are a couple from last year:
This year, we couldn't find the evil-eye bunnies
But also there were the cakes. Oh...the cakes. You remember this beauty from last year...
But the cakes were back and even better than ever....
Lastly, as the boys started to melt down and we begged them both to take little stroller siestas, we quickly cruised through the quilt section. I've recently gotten into quilting...or, rather, the pinning of beautiful quilts and the lengthy and complicated directions on how one goes about taking up quilting. Someday. When Blue is in his 3rd semester at West Point and Neal has taken the camper on a tour of the national parks, I'm going to quilt. And it's going to be roughly as awesome as this:
So that's our jaunt through the state fair. I'm omitting the live music (which you can see in just about any wing at just about any time of the day) as well as the cooking contests, beauty pageant, booths about the 126 counties in Kentucky, the health fair, the petting zoo and approximately 35 other exhibits and contests. With double the 2-year olds in tow, you have to choose your fair sights wisely. But there is so much more. If you go, make sure to grab a Krispy Kreme doughnut burger and say Hi to Freddy Farm Bureau...
He talks. He will talk to you. If you walk up to him and ask him a question, he will answer you. He's not Siri...he's Freddy. And he's been there for as long as I can remember. Almost as long as Alex, the Kroger Butcher.
I hope y'all enjoy your long weekend. We are taking the new camper out for a spin at the local KOA on Saturday. Oh...we bought a camper. Technically it's a pop-up hybrid travel trailer, but camper sounds better when you put the word "crappy" in front of it, as I did so often when we ended up camping in the rain a few weeks ago. On the whole, it is not at all crappy. But if you are interested in following along with our adventures on that front, Neal and I have started a his/her (he said/she said) blog called Shank and Yaw. There is also a Facebook fan page. We would love to have you over!
Happy Weekend and Cheers!