Confessions of the State Fair junkie: I've never eaten a corn dog. Before today.
I have a life-long aversion to hot dogs. I'd toss them off my high chair tray as a toddler, I'd pick them out beanie-weenies as a kid, make a dinner out of marshmallows at teenage bonfire parties, and have avoided them with a vengeance as a adult.
A friend working for the Fair started posting photos of her daily corn dog with the consumption count written in mustard. I decided that the last day of the Fair was a good time to break my corn dog boycott and I wanted Katie to be my guide. I met her on the steps of the Administration Building and she treated me to a corn dog from R.E. Smith stand.
As you can see, Katie is much more adept with the mustard numbers than i am. After several corn dog photo ops, I finally tried it.
It wasn't as terrible as I thought it would be, but I am happy to wait until next year to have another one.
I spent the rest of my trip saying farewell to the folks that I only see once a year. Bob and Jackie Freeman are fixtures at the Pioneer Village Stage. Jackie is the biggest cheerleader for the bands and Bob records all of the shows and is generous with sharing the recordings.
Jackie was teary because they had just been presented with a lovely cake by a woman and her Pioneer Village-lovin' son.
The woman's son is autistic and looks forward to visiting Pioneer Village each year. He carries photos of himself with the Pioneer Village folks and watches the videos of the musical performances all year 'round. All great things in my book. The cake was in appreciation of Bob and Jackie and their generosity with the videos and friendship. It was hard for me to tear myself away from that group.
I made some last-day purchases - a 4-H tee-shirt - Head, Hands, Heart, and Health, baby - Indiana-made goodies from the FFA shop, and this year's custom Reynold's Farm Equipment tee from the Mac Reynolds barn.
#SelfieWithFarmEquipment This is a John Deere 8320R from Reynold's Farm Equipment. It is very pretty.
It was another most-excellent year at the Indiana State Fair, even though I didn't get to spend nearly as much time there as I typically do - any day at the State Fair is a good day.
I'll see you there next year - mark your calendars for next year: August 5-21, 2016:
Nora Spitznogle is a nonprofit director by day and year-round 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.