Iowa State Fair 2012

 Once again it’s time for the Iowa State Fair. My family has been going to the fair on a regular basis since the 1930s and have been involved as 4Hers, open class exhibitors, and volunteers. I wasn’t sure if I’d make it, but my brother called me up and asked me to go with him and his wife, so I did make it Saturday. Didn’t quite hit all the places we like to go or spend as much time, but it was a good day and the most important things (getting my lemon shake up and Dutch letter on a stick and seeing the Butter Cow) were accomplished. It looks like the tourism stuff has moved over into the main part of the Varied Industries and the only bit of the Buckskinners Rendevous is the soap sellers. Still trying to figure out where the new Model Trainers building is.  In case you missed it last year, here is my mother Susie Uthoff and me sharing our experience of the Iowa State Fair and giving tips if you want to go on my Blog Talk Radio show.

Episode 4 – Iowa State Fair
Join us as we talk to Susie Uthoff whose family has been attending the Iowa State Fair annually

“Doc” Hudson or a 1951 Hudson the same make and model

since the 1920s.
Originally aired Monday, August 8, 2011

Although not an original idea to the Iowa State Fair, nor an exclusive one, the Iowa State Fair has

Sarah at DNR building eagle nest

long supported their annual butter cow with a vengeance. You can even follow the cow herself on Twitter.
Learn more about the cow and see video from past butter glory at this post.

They also have been adding butter sculptures of other things over the years. This time it’s Snow White, the Dwarfs, and the Evil Queen. Past years I’ve been inspired to share other parts of the fair including:

Two Trains Collide Heads On

Butter Snow White

The One-Room School on the Fair Grounds

My Family’s Experience at the Iowa State Fair

I’m sure I’ll be sharing more this year. After all “Our State Fair is a GREAT State Fair” and we’ve barely begun. Follow the Iowa State Fair on Twitter, check out its YouTube channel, and DEFINITELY watch it on Iowa Public Television.


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Sarah S. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many times at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. She is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales fighting to bring the History, Mystery, Magic, and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. How can you help? Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, look at her photos, and find her on Facebook , Twitter , Google+, LinkedIn , SlideShare, and . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

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