I know this is a little over due... but here's a look at the 2009 Indiana State Fair!
Every year, my family makes the 2.5 hour treck down to Indianapolis to take in the sites and the sounds. And I'm just going to highlight a few of my favorite attractions.
The few places on the fair grounds I have to visit... regardless... are the livestock barns... especially the beef, sheep, and swine barns. I exhibited gilts a couple times at the state fair, so I always feel right at home in the hog barn. But by far my favorite attraction is always the World's Largest Boar Competition. A couple of years ago when I was exhibiting my pigs, my family and I were there to watch them weigh-in these massive boars. Ever since then, I've promised myself as soon as I have a farm of my own I'm going to take part in this competition. And can you guess what breed I'll use? If you've watched any of my live reports at any of the local fairs you know I'm a true fan of durocs. So yes, I would feed my big baby duroc boar cookies, cakes, and other goodies to grow him nice and large. This year someone almost beat me to it! The second place boar was a duroc - and as you can see from my pictures I was obsessed with him! : )
And while I'm on the south side of the fair grounds I always have to support the Indiana Cattlemen's Association and the Indiana Pork Producers. The ribeye sandwiches at the cattlemen's tent are to die for! I know I sound like a bit of a pig, but I also had to have a pork chop. : ) But hey, that's what fair food is all about... right? AND... I'm supporting state producers.
The 4-H exhibit building is another one of my favorite places to check out. I love seeing what 4-Hers have done from around the state. It's a great place to get ideas to fix up your own home. Seeing the time and dedication these kids put into their projects is sometimes mind boggling. But one place I always get lost in is the photography and clothing projects. I never exhibited in the photography project when I was in 4-H, but it's a passion I really discovered after my tenure. And besides showing my livestock, clothing was my big focus when I was a 4-Her. I have to admit, I'm not a huge fan of getting behind the sewing machine; however, I love the design aspect. I would always challenge myself to come up with something high fashion and of course NEVER followed my pattern. I always took pride on making it my own unique design. The clothing project was also something my mom and I always bonded over - sometimes it resulted in yelling matches, but it was a mother/daughter dispute that always brought us closer! : ) (remember those mom! hahahahahha) But even though I never could just pick something easy to make, it landed me at the State Fashion Revue competition numerous times.
But those are just a few of my favorite things. I highly suggest if you are ever looking for a great family get-a-way, load up the family and head south to the Hoosier state. I promise you - you wont be disappointed!
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