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Remembering Summer – the Iowa State Fair

September 2, 2014

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It has been awhile since I have posted… It has been a difficult stretch.  Back in winter I found out I had prostate cancer.  Then shortly after that  my mother-in-law fell and broke her hip.  She was 90 and a healthy woman.  But, two surgeries took a heavy toll on her.  She passed in May.  That gave me a few weeks to help get the estate in order and the house ready to sell.  She lived 90 miles away so it took time to go back and forth.  Anyway, I had 4 weeks to get things done because I had my cancer surgery in early June.  Since then, I have been in recovery mode.  With so much going on, my mind has not been on the blog.  Now I am back.

I will begin by remembering summer and some of the beautiful things in life.  First on the list – going to the Iowa State Fair in mid-August.

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I will start with a few photos of animals.  The Iowa State Fair has great throngs of people making their way through buildings filled with animals.

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The Fair has everything… cows, sheep, horses, pigs, chickens, rabbits, llamas and more.  I will only show a small part of what I took in that day.  Hopefully, these photos bring back memories for you.  Maybe you have been to a fair and enjoyed a day of wandering through the buildings looking at animals and eating all crazy foods on a stick.  I’m not sure which is more popular – the animals or the eating.  But, I bet if there was a poll, the food would win out.  Anyway, for now, enjoy the animals. 🙂

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. Barbara Moore permalink
    September 3, 2014 10:45 am

    Please put the Texas State Fair on your list for the future. It has a lot of the same, plus some outrageous junk food. It would be fun to wander the fairgrounds with you. Glad you are back in the saddle.

    • September 3, 2014 8:43 pm

      Barb, thanks for the comment. I guess crazy food-on-a-stick is a trademark that is shared by all the state fairs. My time at the state fair here ended up with me in bed most of the following day. I did not feel well and hurt quite a bit. I did not feel well for about two weeks. I am now starting to do better. I guess the road to recovery has a few bumps. 🙂

  2. Pepe Almazan permalink
    September 3, 2014 5:24 pm

    Hi Brad,
    Nice reading you again. Could you let me know how can I get in contact with you?

  3. September 18, 2014 9:48 pm

    It’s so wonderful to read your writing again dear! Hope you are well 🙂

    We went to our local county fair this year & it was a blast! My husband ran from one food vendor to another eating all kinds of greasey junk on a stick, LOL 🙂

    Your pictures are lovely & I hope to read more of your writing soon 🙂 Blessings!

    • September 19, 2014 11:04 am

      Thanks for your kind comments. My health seems to be OK. Sometimes I have done things that make me hurt for a couple of weeks. But, as my strength improves, I hope to get back to a more normal routine.

      Fairs are great and the foods… everything under the sun on a stick! Never ending fun.

      I appreciate your feedback. Have you thought about writing again? I think you have been a great encouragement to many.

  4. April 28, 2016 5:15 am

    Hello, I always enjoy the Iowa State fair, I live in Chariton, Iowa; if I ever get time off work; just stumbled on your blog; been enjoying your pics too;)) well done; Deb

    • January 3, 2017 7:53 pm

      Sorry I have been slow to get back to you. I am happy you enjoy the Iowa State Fair… it is a very good time in many ways. Thank you for your comment and kind words. I appreciate the feedback. BC

  5. January 3, 2017 2:56 pm

    My boy loved the shots – the last, esp. =)

    • January 3, 2017 7:51 pm

      Thanks for you comments. I am happy your boy liked the photos. Children can offer wonderful, unfiltered thoughts. I hope you are enjoying your son – and life – and appreciating each moment of your journey. Again, thanks for your kind words.

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