One of the highlights of the summer is traveling back to my home state of Iowa and attending the Iowa State Fair. Each state fair offers an idealized vision of that state through the various queens and kings of the fair; niches of interest, skills, talents, products and abilities that we would otherwise never be exposed to; delightfully sinful food; and a broad spectrum of entertainment.

Of the broad palette of offerings at the fair, my favorites remain the various competitions among the state residents for producing the best roses, apple pie, blackberry jam, 4H poster, historical diorama, photograph, painting, sculpture, tractor restoration, lamb, horse, pig, chicken, cow, etc. I love to walk the aisles looking at the entrants and award winners.

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