BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY
Grab a camera and head west out I-80 to
Winterset. Turn south and the signs will point you to the various covered bridges seen in the movie with Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep. It is relaxing out there and seldom overcrowded.
It's a Great State Fair...
The internationally-acclaimed Iowa State Fair is the single largest event in the state of Iowa and one of the oldest and largest agricultural and industrial expositions in the country. Annually attracting hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world, it is a "celebration of excellence," the real heartbeat of the Midwest, unequaled and unduplicated.
Although it seems that we're more "world known" for our butter cow and variety of fried foods, let me just say that if you're in the area during the fair, then by all means - GO!!
In 1881 historian James Wilson noted that, "One of the most valuable effects of the State Fair is the fraternizing, humanizing consequences of bringing our people together. . . .No one meets and mingles with 20,000 Iowa men, women and children on the Fairgrounds - the only place they can be brought together - without growth of sympathy." Certainly this is even more relevant today, when the pace of modern life tends to isolate individuals even more from their neighbors. The Fair continues to draw nearly one million Iowans together each year.
The Iowa State Fair
"The Butter John Wayne"
Hopefully you've seen the Butter Cow on my main page...here's this year's extra, the Butter John Wayne! I apologize for the reflections in the glass...I had to fight to get close enough to the display case to get the picture at all, so couldn't find a way to take it without the glare.
"Some Views from Above"
"A Very Important Landmark..."
The Pepsi Clock! I always heard announcements overhead telling people to meet other people by the Pepsi Clock!
"The Main Attraction!"
Corndogs!!! YUM! I had my very first corn dog at the Fair...and my second, too! *LOL*
Hubby prefers the pork tenderloin sandwiches, though. Hubby is posing in front of his favorite stand in this pic.
Make sure to visit http://www.iowastatefair.org/ for more information about the 2002 Iowa State Fair!