An Evening at the Indiana State Fair

On Friday, my mom and I drove down to Indianapolis to go the Indiana State Fair with my mom’s sister Lucy. I haven’t been to a state fair in ages, maybe not even since childhood, so it was a lot of fun for me. We also lucked out with good weather – not too hot, and no rain. First, we went and looked at quilts, knitted crafts, and a few old pianos and harpsichords, which were very cool. Then, our next stop was for food, of course – delicious Dole whip (basically frozen pineapple sorbet, and actually fairly healthy), and a much too large bag of fresh warm kettle corn, which we took in to the draft horse show/competition.

The show started out with a terrific act called “Percheron Thunder.” If you go to view this YouTube video, make sure you look at the end of the video as well, when the horses speed up. A man stands on the backs of two huge Percheron draft horses and holds leads to six horses, which run around in unison while he stays standing the whole time on the back two horses! It’s hard to describe, but here’s a grainy picture that shows his incredible athleticism and the beautiful horses:

Percheron Thunder
Percheron Thunder

Next up was the Draft Pony Ladies Cart competition, which were little carts pulled by the cutest draft ponies.

Draft Pony Ladies Carts
Draft Pony Ladies Carts

Then we had the Halflinger Gelding Team competition, which consisted of slightly larger carts pulled by two ponies.

Halflinger Gelding Team
Halflinger Gelding Team

Then came the Belgian Gelding Four Horse Hitch competition. I bet you can guess how many horses were pulling the carts on this round! Here is one of the horses we saw back in the pavilion right after the show. He was huge!

Belgian Gelding
Belgian Gelding

Next, we headed over to the sheep barn. We saw a sheep being hosed down by a little boy outside:

Rinsing the Sheep
Rinsing the Sheep

After the sheep are sheared, they have to put blankets on them so they don’t get cold. It looked like a sheep Ku Klux Klan meeting was going on:

Masquerade Sheep
Masquerade Sheep

Then we visited the swine barn. I loved the markings on this pig:

A Random Pig
A Random Pig

We saw the world’s largest hog, Spotosaurus Rex, weighing in at a shocking 1,007 pounds! I couldn’t get a good picture of him, so you’ll just have to use your imagination. But we saw cute little piglets, which I liked a little better than the giant hog:

Wee little piggies!
Wee Little Piggies!

The all-important event of dinner was next on our agenda. I had meatballs parmigiana dipped in garlic batter and served on a stick! I love food on sticks; it’s the essence of what a fair is all about.

We walked around the fair some more, but we were all ready to call it a day. So, after one giant cream puff, we caught the bus back to where we parked our car and headed home.

The Remains of the Cream Puff
The Remains of the Cream Puff

 

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