King's Taters (ahem, yes, again, and I shared this time)
Elephant Ear (shared with six other people)
I couldn't get there until 8:00 so I drove. I love parking at the Deaf School off of 42nd Street and Winthrop. It's so easy and when you leave they route you north though the camping lot off of 46th Street, which is a fun behind-the-scenes peek at the life of a Fair worker.
You never know who you'll run into at the Fair I was thrilled when my brother-in-law pointed out Robin Miller. Robin is a racing sportswriter for ESPN and other publications and a Red Key cheeseburger fan and I always love catching up with him. Guess who he was traveling with? CART driver Tony Kanaan! I follow Tony on Twitter (@TonyKanaan) and love his posts and he Tweets in both English and Portuguese. I asked Tony if I could snap his photo and promised to Twitter it. He did one better, handed his giant turkey leg to someone to hold and posed for a picture with me. Tony Tweeted from the Fair (@IndyStateFair) all evening, including one with a picture holding the giant inflatable money he won on the Midway.
Nora and Tony Kanaan
The Grandstand was full of screaming girls, harried moms and a few fish-out-of water dads for the Demi Lovato concert. Demi started her career in Barney and Friends and now has her own Disney Channel show, Sonny With a Chance. She was also in both Camp Rock movies. Her second album debuted at #1 on the Billboard chart last month. She'll be 17 next week. Demi sounded great from outside of the Grandstand. It was a site to behold when the show ended! Happy looking tween girls everywhere! Demi said it was the largest crowd she's played to. I would venture a guess that it was the first concert for many of them. Aunt Nora got to talk to two star-struck kids after the show.
Outside Demi Lovato
After I placed my order at King's Taters, I got called out by the guys working there they recognized me from my visit yesterday uh oh. What the heck, we might as well be on a first name basis, I'm sure we'll be seeing more of each other. Since King's Taters is next to the swine barn (no comments, please) we popped in to see the World's Largest Boar, Walkin' Tall. Although I'd be surprised if the poor guy walks much.
We couldn't have planned it better, but most of my immediate family wound up sharing an Elephant Ear and riding around the Fairgrounds on the tram talking about our Fair memories old and new. Good stuff.