OK, what has deep fried *insert food here* (seriously anything will work- hot dogs, bananas, snickers, pickles...) on a stick, top notch musical acts from around the world, and a few thousand sticks of buttery goodness artistically sculpted into the form of my favorite boy-wizard? If you guessed a popcorn factory on a busy British street corner during RockStock 2007 you'd be wrong. It's actually the Iowa State Fair, in all of it's 100 degree, sweat dripping, food-on-a-stick licking, "you've got to be kidding me she's not really wearing that in public," glory. It's got to be the only place where you can watch tractor square-dancing, then rock out a few hours later to Alice Cooper. Very nice indeed.
Bottom line is this-friends,family- if you're going to be in Des Moines anyway, try your hand at the rooster clucking contest or cow patty flinging, then zoom on down to my house- we're only about 15 minutes out of the way. Maybe I'll even show you my attempt at immortalizing my husband in the form of butter. I mean, come on, if it's good enough for Harry Potter! ? !