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Nora at the Fair - Year of the Farmer: Day Two

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Llama! - NORA SPITZNOGLE
  • Nora Spitznogle
  • Llama!

Saturday was another gorgeous day at the Indiana State Fair. I’m lucky enough to live only a mile from the Fairgrounds so it’s an easy walk on the Monon Trail.  


Ice Cold Tomato Juice - NORA SPITZNOGLE
  • Nora Spitznogle
  • Ice Cold Tomato Juice

My first stop was to the Ag/Hort Building (west side of the Fairgrounds). This is the place to find 4-H agriculture and horticulture projects – vegetables, flowers, and plants — honey and all things bees, ice cold cups of tomato juice, the Purdue Extension, Master Gardeners, the cheese sculpture, the Indiana-Made store, and the Farmer’s Market Café.

Indiana Christmas Trees
  • Indiana Christmas Trees

Blue Ribbon 4-H vegetables. - NORA SPITZNOGLE
  • Nora Spitznogle
  • Blue Ribbon 4-H vegetables.


Fresh Fruit at the Fair
  • Fresh Fruit at the Fair

I often hear that it is impossible to go to the Fair and not eat fried food. Last week in the Weight Watchers meeting that I attend a woman said that she wasn’t going to attend the Fair because of the food choices.


There is non-fried food several places around the Fair. The Farmer’s Market Café features salad, wraps, and fresh fruit. There is also a stand in front of the cow barn that serves fruit, salads, and yogurt.


I ate a fruit salad (zero Weight Watchers points) and a boneless pork chop, no bun (5 points) and I walked 10,000 steps (4 Weight Watchers Activity Points). - not too bad for the visit. 

Emily Toner,  Urban Agriculture Educator, Purdue Extension, confirming with a young Foodie.
  • Emily Toner, Urban Agriculture Educator, Purdue Extension, confirming with a young Foodie.

I toured the Purdue Extension exhibit and learned so me new things - those Eastern Hellbender Salamanders are aptly named! 


Following the route of food to table. - NORA SPITZNOGLE
  • Nora Spitznogle
  • Following the route of food to table.

This year’s activities include following the path that your food takes from farm to table. There is a quiz that walks you through the area and you get a prize at the end. 

Hoedown Express - NORA SPITZNOGLE
  • Nora Spitznogle
  • Hoedown Express

I was off to watch Hoedown Express, a clogging group from Boone County. My childhood friend, Sandy, was dancing. The Dance Stage is near Centennial Hall, one of the 4-H buildings. You can’t help but smile when you see folks clogging, and I’m sure there was some laughter when I took my two left feet to the stage when they invited people from the audience to join them for a dance - notice that I'm facing the opposite director of all of the other dancers!


Turn to the right, wait...which way is right?
  • Turn to the right, wait...which way is right?

Dancing next to Sandy brought back all of the anxiety and giggles from fourth grade gym class. All that was missing was the one-piece blue short, stripped top gym suit.

NORA SPITZNOGLE
  • Nora Spitznogle

I sprinted to the Champions Pavilion for the Llama and Alpaca Open Contest Costume Show. It is everything you imagine it would be. Llamas and kids in costumes – what could be be better?


Waiting for the Llama Costume Contest to start - NORA SPITZNOGLE
  • Nora Spitznogle
  • Waiting for the Llama Costume Contest to start

Each llama/kiddo pair paraded around the ring while a story the child wrote explaining their ensembles is read. Cuteness abounded.


Baked Potato Llama - NORA SPITZNOGLE
  • Nora Spitznogle
  • Baked Potato Llama


Holstein Llama - NORA SPITZNOGLE
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  • Holstein Llama

Baked Potato Llama - NORA SPITZNOGLE
  • Nora Spitznogle
  • Baked Potato Llama

Llama in a Wig - NORA SPITZNOGLE
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  • Llama in a Wig

Bathing Beauty Llama - NORA SPITZNOGLE
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  • Bathing Beauty Llama

Patriotic Llama - NORA SPITZNOGLE
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  • Patriotic Llama

Stubborn Llama - NORA SPITZNOGLE
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  • Stubborn Llama

Pajama Llama! - NORA SPITZNOGLE
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  • Pajama Llama!

Winged Llama - NORA SPITZNOGLE
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  • Winged Llama

Crowd favorite - Treasure Chest Llama - NORA SPITZNOGLE
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  • Crowd favorite - Treasure Chest Llama

The llama dressed as a treasure chest was the crowd favorite and didn’t even place! To quote Evan Finch (who turned me on to the contest a few years ago), “There was much llamenting.” It really was flabbergasting. I don’t know all of the criteria that is used for judging, but people were visibly surprised and still talking about it hours later.


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The #SelfieWithAFarmer for the day is with Paul Russell, Delaware Country, a sheep farmer with his wife Diane and son Jeremy. You can read more about them here.

My picks for Sunday: 

3:30 – Domino Sugar “Year of the Farmer” Cupcake Bakeoff [Home and Family Arts Building] 
4:00 – Up Close and Personal Tour [Demonstration Field Pioneer Village]
6:00 – 4-H Horse and Pony Jumping Qualifying [Youth Arena]

NORA SPITZNOGLE
  • Nora Spitznogle
Nora Spitznogle is a nonprofit director by day and year-round Indiana State Fair geek. She hasn't missed a single day of the Fair in over a decade. The stack of ribbons from entering baking competitions and ugly lamp contests in the Open Show are among her prized possessions. 

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