Last Friday was opening day of the Indiana State Fair. Kurt had the day off, and Arlene was going to model her outfit for the 4-H Fashion Revue, so Emily & I packed the cooler full of food and we all headed off to the State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis. (While we love fair food, we limit our expenditures by taking sandwiches, and munchies for the trip home.)
We started off going to see the girls' projects that are on exhibit in the 4-H buildings, then we headed over for Arlene's category in the 4-H Fashion Revue.
Once done at Fashion Revue, we headed to the car for those sandwiches. It was great timing because it started to rain just after we got to the car. So we ate in the car while waiting out the 15 minute shower.
Then on to some of the rest of the fair. We visited friends who were showing their 4-H llamas, then we headed over to the Dairy Bar for ice cream - yum!
The Horticulture building always has some of the best of the best, Look at the size of this dahlia! (I have large hands for a girl, so that can give you an estimate.)
The Horticulture building was also hosting a Bonsai competition - cool!
A walk past the Midway brought us to a perennial favorite, the DNR building. Fish, forestry, and a little archery practice . . . they can all be found in the DNR building or its gardens. One of the best parts - the butterfly garden!
One year when the girls were still really little (a long, long time ago,) we stumbled upon the Pathway to Water Quality. Now it's an annual stop to fill up our water bottles with well water.
Arlene was trying to keep her stack of free back issues of Outdoor Indiana from the DNR building dry, so Emily filled the water bottles.
We only visited a small fraction of all there is to see and do at the Indiana State Fair, but we have a plan. We're going again next week! We finished up Friday's visit with a free concert by Beatles tribute band BritBeat in the newly renovated Coliseum. It was a great show, and the Coliseum looks terrific.
We had plenty of reasons to be thankful!
The Indiana State Fair runs through August 17th, why not plan a trip of your own?