Last week I went to the Eastern Idaho State Fair with my husband. I love going to the fair and look forward to it every year. It always comes to our area Labor Day weekend and we go during the week, usually while kids are in school and people are still at work. I’m not a fan of crowds, so if we can avoid some of the people, I’m super happy about it. Plus, you don’t have to wait in the lines so long. To be clear, I’m talking about the food lines, not the ride lines. I skip the rides. Not a fan. This year I took some photos and thought I would share our fair with you. It’s really a great fair.
I didn’t grow up in Idaho and the only big fair experience I can remember is when I lived in Albuquerque and went to the fair with a friend one time. It didn’t turn out so well. When we were leaving the fair and waiting in the parking lot for our ride home, which happened to be very late, about 10 very big girls surrounded us and jumped us. It was not a good thing. 10 big girls against 2 not so big girls is not a fair fight. Believe me. I ended up in the hospital and had a huge blood clot on my calf for a very long time. Not awesome. So, I didn’t go to the fair again for about 10 years and never again in Albuquerque.
The thing about that fair is that I don’t really remember anything of it, so I don’t know what, besides the rides, happened. I don’t even know if I ate any good food. So sad because Albuquerque has some seriously awesome food.
The Eastern Idaho State Fair has a lot to look at. This year we started at the quilting exhibit. That isn’t really somewhere we usually go, but our daughter-in-law was working that exhibit and we wanted to check on her, so we went there first. That room is an assault to your senses. So many colors. The quilt below won best in show and it had 9000 little hexagons and took the seamstress 4 years to make. So crazy but wow is she talented.
My daughter-in-law’s grandma makes really beautiful quilts too. However, she won a first place ribbon for this cute camo jacket she made. Isn’t it great? I’d love to make a couple of these for my grandsons.
Next we went to the fine art exhibit. Our friend Steve is an artist and we always love to see what he enters. We see a lot of it when we visit his house, but it’s fun to see what he enters. This family picture was one of his entries.
This painting was also one of his entries. He is so talented.
When we were looking at the art from the kids, I saw this entry in the 14 year old division. I thought it was really interesting. It got a first place ribbon, so the judges thought so too.
This is our Midway, where all the rides happen and where we don’t go. Nope. I used to love the rides, but not anymore.
Next we went to the cake and cookie room and oh boy, there were so many fabulous entries. I took pictures of a few so you could see. Do you have these sorts of things in your fair? This cookies was done by an 8 year old, if I remember correctly. Neat, right?
This is the first cake that caught my eye. The theme was the great outdoors. I think they nailed it. I think everything except the fishing pole was edible, per the rules.
This cake was entered under the back to school theme and was done by a child, I believe a 10 year old. I love the Minions so I had to snap a picture of this.
Okay, be prepared to be amazed at these next cakes. Remember, it’s all edible.
This one was the grand champion of the outdoor theme cakes.
After all of that, it was time for us to experience our first food choice of the day. This is one of the rows of food stands at our fair. There are 5 or 6 rows like this. So much to choose from every year. Our strategy is to figure out what we want to eat and then split everything so we can experience as much as possible, unless there is a turkey leg involved. If there is, I’m out on that one. Yuck.
Our first choice was this Philly Cheese Steak. It was really good. They asked if we wanted pizza sauce on it, but we didn’t because pizza sauce doesn’t go on a Philly Cheese Steak.
After our sandwich, we went to the farming displays. The first thing was the canning section. Look at that middle jar. All of the beans are lined up just perfectly. It got first place.
There were also some yummy looking peaches. I love peaches.
Then there were some baked items. These were judged not only on looks, but also on taste and consistency.
This is may handsome date, waiting for me to finish looking at the canned food. He was very patient.
Isn’t this a neat cake. I wonder how they made it. Do you know?
There is a club in high schools here called FFA – Future Farmers of America. My husband was the President of his club when he was in school. This picture was from the welding contest they had. My husband built some of these when he was in school.
Then there was the garden section. There were lots and lots of booths like this. By the day we got there, some of the foods were well beyond their prime. However, you could still tell what the judges were seeing.
This booth had entries from one of the local Native American tribes in the area. A lot of the work was so intricate. So pretty.
And of course, the fair wouldn’t be the fair without the giant pumpkins. Look at how big these things are!
Next it was time for my favorite thing at the fair, the tortados. They are spiral cut potatoes that are deep fried and salted. I love them so much. Remember though, we shared.
Our next stop was to see the farm animals. I love to see the animals. Some are so cute and some are so huge. We checked out the chickens first. I didn’t realize there were so many varieties until I visited the fair the first time. This particular chicken we talking to me and kept moving his head back and forth, which is why his head is blurry.
I love this chicken’s long feathers. He has really long spurs too. My husband said it was for fighting other roosters. I had no idea.
This chicken was one of the grand champions and I love all of his colors. Seriously, I had no idea that chickens came with so many colors. Kind of pretty.
Then there are the pigs. They are really huge. The pigs are only about 7 months old and weigh over 600 pounds. This one is taking a snooze.
This one is getting even bigger because he is eating again.
This place had six miniature horses. They were pretty nervous with all of the noises, but they came over and visited with us. We were on the side with no people, just us, so we got to pet them.
They were very affectionate with each other, trying to calm each other down I think.
Finally, we saw some cows. Cows are really big. You can’t tell that when you’re seeing them on TV or when you driving by them on the highway. Our fair also has rabbits, goats, sheep and horses.
Our last treat was a funnel cake. I love these things, although the wind was blowing a tiny bit, so we ended up with powdered sugar all over ourselves. At this point we were both so full we couldn’t possibly eat anymore. That meant it was time for us to go home. I never eat like this and I almost never eat fried food. It was a lot of fun, but I woke up pretty sick the next morning. My poor stomach.
What do you think of the fair? What is your favorite thing to do when you go? Let me know below.