I can never pass up the Kentucky State Fair. In fact the family usually goes at least twice, since the exhibits change over the course of the week. Different livestock rotate in and out, live performances and exhibitions of various kinds are put on on different days, and then there’s the balloon bender “village” that takes on more color and detail as the week progresses. And then of course there are the corn dogs, which are worth the price of admission all by themselves.
Of course I couldn’t visit the fair without taking in the baking and pastry cases. My girls usually have to pull me out of there as I could spend probably an hour poring over all the breads, cookies and pies. The special-occasion cakes are always worth a look. This year there were some particularly inventive ones. This gum ball machine, for example:
This one of Animal from the Muppets ripping a drum solo was pretty neat. Who would ever think of that? And check that detail!
Speaking of which, a farm scene is nothing new, but look at all those animals, the tractor and such. All hand made from gum paste.
I’d never seen a cake suspended in mid air before. The physics alone impressed me.
Cakes aside, this is where the money is at the Kentucky State Fair right here: the biscuit case. One year I’m going to gather up the courage to enter this category, as winning best biscuits at the Kentucky State Fair would be coup of the highest order. Left to right here are 1st, 2nd and 3rd place entrants. Some day I’ll go to the fair and break some granny hearts…oh yes I will.
And what’s a trip to the fair without a look at the state’s biggest pumpkin? At 1,034 pounds it’s not a record breaker, but heck, I was impressed. I remember a few years ago a world pumpkin record was set in Massachusetts, just shy of 1700 pounds. They took the squash to New York City for Halloween, carved it and gave away the seeds for kids to plant at home. I didn’t go to New York the next summer as I didn’t want to be around when those suckers started dropping out of high rise window boxes, know what I mean? Seen in background there is this year’s biggest watermelon: 233 pounds.
I would be remiss if I didn’t not give honorable mention to these: Mrs. Juanita Flanagan’s lovely pickled beets. Due to a bureaucratic fluke they just missed being entered at this year’s fair. But friends let me tell you, I’ve been a beet lover all my life, and had these sweet-spicy little miracles been successfully entered and not won first prize, I’d have moved across the river to Indiana in protest.
Next year’s the charm, Juanita! – Joe