And while we're on that subject, don't be shy about attending the Fair by yourself. I've heard numerous people say that they don't want to go alone. I enjoy the times I go by myself - it's all on my schedule!
I'll jump off my soapbox now...
I started off my Fair adventure by meeting up with Amber and Jesse and Baby Theo on Main Street - I hope this is the first of many State Fairs for Theo.
I walked through the Expo Hall for the first time this year - the South Bend Chocolate peanut butter fudge is as good as ever, in case you were wondering.
I exited the Expo Hall through a back door on the northwest side of the building, which put me near the old Senior Citizens Building.
It wasn't open to the public. I haven't been in there for several years and even then I think it had healthy living displays - I swear that I walked through a giant colon replica last time I was there.
Did you even know that there was a Model Farmhouse on the Fairgrounds? It was built by the Works Progress Administration (part of the New Deal) in 1936. It was an example of an ideal modest yet modern farmhouse during the Depression. It was used as an officers club during WW II.
It is built of concrete block and featured an attached garage, wiring, plumbing, and other modern amenities. I've been looking for more information - I remember reading once that it was open day and night and drew 1000 visitors an hour.
I took these photos of the house when I dropped my baking off the week before the Fair started.
I haven't heard of any plans for the building....I wonder if they'd let me live there?
I spent some time with the chickens, ducks, and rabbits in the Poultry Barn.
There are incubators with ducks, chicks, and turkeys hatching. It's amazing how the eggs almost hum with energy as the little balls of fluff are pecking their way out.
I took advantage of the $2 Tuesday specials and had a Mouse Ear (small Elephant Ear) and a milkshake from the Dairy Bar - Weight Watchers Points be damned.
I walked to Pioneer Village to just in time to catch part of the New Augusta Duo's set. Lisa and Dave Schroeder are always delightful to listen to.
I couldn't help but stop by State Fair....The Musical in the Opry House in Pioneer Village. You've got two more chances to see it:
Friday, August 19, 7:00 PM
Saturday, August 20, 6:00 PM
My picks for Wednesday:
6:30 PM Parade [Main Street]
7:00 PM - Circle City Cloggers [Subaru Stage by the 4-H Buildings]
Nora Spitznogle can still recite the 4-H pledge by heart and is an unabashed Indiana State Fair geek. She hasn't missed a single day of the Fair in over a decade and the stack of ribbons from entering baking competitions and ugly lamp contests in the Open Show are among her prized possessions.
Don't let icky weather keep you from the Indiana State Fair. While I'm sad for the Fair folks and the vendors and all of the people that work so hard to make the Fair a grand event about the heat and the rain....I'm enjoying the heck out of the Fair. There is still plenty to do and most of it undercover. Take an umbrella and wear your galoshes - not a bad idea in animal barns anyway - and you'll be fine.