Sunday, August 14, 2011

My AWESOME Day at the Iowa State Fair......I even milked a cow!

Today my family and I went to the Iowa State Fair.  It is usually super hot but today was a nice day to go. We go to the fair every year.  The Iowa State Fair has been here since 1886 so it is 125 years old.  
I love going to the fair with my sister, Brianna.  She loves the fair too.
The first thing we saw were the chickens and ducks that people grow to show at the fair.  This chicken had the CRAZIEST look I have ever seen!  My Dad even thought one of the chickens sounded like a barking dog.  It was funny.  
I went through the entrance that said KIDS ONLY....It took me to a super cool wooden train that I played on with other kids.
In Pioneer Hall you can find all kinds of old old Star Wars toys, tanks, airplanes, and lots of other stuff people use to play with and have in their house.  I found this old phone.  I have never seen a phone like this so Mom and Dad told me about it.  I wonder if my Grandpa and Grandma still have theirs somewhere.  
I was so excited when my Mom told me that LEGO was going to be at the Iowa State Fair.  There were all kinds of LEGO animals (like this lion), stages to dance and have fun, and cool places to build with all kinds of LEGO's.
I built a SUPER fast race car and raced it down the track.  In this picture, my car is crashing.  It was so much fun!  
In the Knapp Education Center, there were all kinds of baby animals being born today.  We saw baby calves, lambs, piglets, sheep, goats, ducks, and chickens.  I was so surprised when we saw these babies.  My sister first thought they were baby porcupines.  Can you guess what they are?  

They are actually baby ostriches!  We thought they were so cute.  
The Iowa State Fair is famous for their Butter Cow.  
This year the Butter Cow is celebrating its 100th Birthday (just like my Great Grandma Hazel).  In the Varied Industries Building, where the Butter Cow lives, there is a GIANT birthday card.  My family and I signed the card.
I wonder how many people will sign the Butter Cow's birthday card?  
Every year they create a special butter sculpture.  Last year they had Dr. Seuss butter sculptures.  This year they made a copy of the very first Butter Cow sculpture that was at the Iowa State Fair in 1911.  My Mom loved the butterfly that was on the girls finger.  
Next up was the Giant Slide.  This has been at the Iowa State Fair for a long time.  
My Dad and I rode down the Giant Slide.  Brianna and Mom listened to me scream and laugh coming down the slide.  I loved it.
There are always BIG bulls, pigs, and sheep at the fair.  Bubba was the Champion Big Bull this year.
Bubba is as big as my Mom's truck.
I was excited to see that I could milk a real cow.  The guy told me to pet her first when I sat down.
And then he showed me how to milk the cow.  I can't wait to tell Grandpa what I got to do.  
There were ceramic cows decorated all over the fairgrounds to celebrate the Butter Cow's 100th birthday.  
So, as you can see the fair was awesome.  It will be here for 8 more days so I might get to go back again this week.  

Tomorrow I start first grade at Van Meter School.  I went for open house last week and brought all of my school supplies.  They are in my desk and locker, so I am ready to go. 

I hope you are too!  

(p.s. Just wait.....Next time you read my blog it will have a NEW title.  It is a surprise. :) 


  1. What a fantastic report of your day at the fair, Hagan! (I followed your mom's tweet to get here, and I'm so glad I got to see your photos and read your narrative of the day!) You made me want to go to our local fair, too!

  2. Wow! What a great fair! Thanks for sharing, Hagan!

  3. Wow! It sounds like you had a great day at the fair! I love all of the pictures too! Have a great first day of first grade tomorrow. I hope you blog about it soon.

  4. Hi, Hagan,

    I hope you have a super first day of first grade. Did you attend full-day kindergarten?

    See you on Skype!

    -Mr. Schu

  5. Hey Hagan...Another great post. Sounds like you had a wonderful day with your family. I really like the part about milking the cows. I've never done anything like that before.

    I predict your new blog title will be either Hagan's Year of Awesome! or Hagan's Life of Awesome! :-)

  6. It looks like you had a great time, Hagan! I must admit, I haven't yet milked a cow. You'll have to teach me how. I'll bet I'd recognize a lot of those "old things" in Pioneer Hall. When we're being fancy, we call them "artifacts." Have a fantastic first day of first grade. Big hugs from the Adirondacks!

  7. What a great report, Hagan, it sounds like you had a super time. I've never been to the Iowa fair, but I've been to the Minnesota State Fair several times and it sounds like the two fairs have some things in common (butter sculptures, odd chickens and giant slides for a start). Speaking of odd chickens, was there one who looked like Tina Turner (ask your mom or dad who she is)?

    I hope I get to the Iowa fair someday and that you'll be kind enough to show me around when I do. I'll do the same for you if you ever come to the New York fair. It is in Syracuse. I live near New York City and Syracuse is far away and I've never been to the fair there. Funny, isn't it. I've been to state fairs in Minnesota, Connecticut, Indiana and Texas (that's an incredible one) but never the one in my own state.

    Have a great first day of schoo!

  8. Sounds like a wonderful day. Oddly, I've never been to a state fair. It sounds like a lot of fun! I would never imagine a LEGO room at a state fair. I milked a cow once, and I was surprised to find how much hard work was involved. My thumbs hurt for a few days afterwards. I hope yours feel fine today, especially since it's your first day of first grade! Have a wonderful day! Michelle, in CT

  9. You are a rock star just like your mom! Thanks for making me feel like I was at the Iowa State Fair! I only wish I too could milk the cow.