off to the fair / by jen geigley

Ahhhh, the Iowa State Fair. Some people love it, some people loathe it.

But with this little girl, what's not to love? We can't help but have a good time.

We lucked out with the most perfect 70-degree sunny day.

We took Lo to Little Hands on the Farm, where kids make their way through a farm along a path that includes a garden, grain bin, apple orchard, chicken coop, tractor shed, sheep barn and dairy barn.

After gathering items along the way, they get the chance to sell these items at the Farmers’ Market for a dollar to buy a treat.

Of course, the animals were a hit. Lo wanted to hang with the baby chicks all afternoon. And we got to meet a few horses and cows and pigs throughout the day.

The butter cow is always a thrilling sight to behold.

And you can't leave the fair without having a corn dog. I love fair treats.

The fair food indulgences are mostly my thing, Bo being the vegetarian and Lotus being, well, the picky two-year-old. (But forget the chocolate covered bacon. I only eat the normal stuff.)

Lo was really funny with the cotton candy. Totally freaked out by it. There was no way she was going to try it.

It was a fun-filled, busy day for sure.

But it was awesome to have a whole day of uninterrupted family time, just the three of us.