I am a State Fair junkie. There, I said it! I just love that place. I have so many memories from all stages of my life that I really think I could write a book! From the time I was born, my family would take day trips to the State Fair every summer. Through 4-H, I exhibited pigs for all 10 years. I was a 4-H intern and lived there one summer. I worked in the Swine Barn for 5 years with Lonnie and the Extension staff. And now I get to take my kids and just have fun at the fair!
Believe it or not, I have only missed one year that I know of. (I’m not sure about my first few years of life though!) Yeah- that’s right. I missed the State Fair of 2006 because our Wild One was only 8 weeks old and my Miss Bug (2 years at the time) was really sick and I mean sick. I was so devasted to miss but it just didn’t work out that year.
So, thinking of my fondest memories at the great Indiana State Fair, here’s what I came up with:
As a really young child - 1) Having lunch out of the back of our Mini Van in the infield - my grandma would slice a fresh tomato and we would throw it on a bologna sandwich for lunch! 2) Getting to pick something out in the Exposition Hall for $5 or under 3) Watching the World’s Largest Boar contest
As a 4-H member – 1) Making all kinds of friends in the livestock projects 2) Seeing George Strait for the first time from the 3rd row 3) Exhibiting my chocolate cake in the 4-H Foods project 4) Watching the Hot Air Balloon launch in the infield at 6:00 AM 5) Enjoying the Dairy Bar chocolate shakes 6) Serving as the Purebred Pork Queen in 1991 (yes, there is such a thing and yes – I’m really proud of it!!!)
And later in life – 1) Interning at the fair and riding in the parade every day 2) Meeting my hubby for the very first time – YES – now you see why that place is so special! We met in 1995 right there in the middle of the fair in the FFA Pavilion! I was volunteering with 4-H and he was serving as a State FFA officer.
It’s funny how that place has impacted my life! I have so many fond memories. It made me who I am – the friends I made, the career I chose and the hubby that I have!! I just love that I get to take my kiddos to the fair now and show them all of the things that I love about it. I look SO forward to their 4-H years and the memories that we will make as a family! So, here’s to the GREAT Indiana State Fair – a place where memories are definitely made!