A 444 pound pumpkin
The home arts at the fair were amazing. There are so many talented people out there. (It seems unfair that talents weren't distributed evenly--some people have many, and some, like me, have none.)
The quilts were gorgeous. I can't imagine the number of hours that goes into something like that.
There was a Lego exhibit of the Indianapolis Speedway that was incredible. It even had the museum and the golf course that is inside the track.
Look at all the people!
There was a canned good sculpture competition. All the canned goods go to Gleaners afterwards. The winner was a Super Bowl theme (since the 2012 Super Bowl will take place in Indianapolis). The cans used in the sculptures were chosen not only for color, but for how well they can be used in menus of the families that will eventually get them.
The Vince Lombardi Trophy and Lucas Oil Stadium
We watched a bit of the watermelon seed spitting contest. The winner spit a seed over 18 feet.
The beauty queen gave out the ribbons to the winners.
The runner-up had to sweep up the seeds between each contestant.
Of course, they had a competition for home grown produce. The judging must have been at the beginning of the fair (it goes on for about three weeks), because a lot of the fruits and vegetables were shriveled up.
You wouldn't have to worry about Halloween pranksters
stealing this one off the front porch and smashing it.
Of course, there were a gazillion competitions, from the best fruit pies and baked goods to photography.
One of the oddest things we saw at the fair was the Blue Monkey Sideshow. In one act, a guy put carabiners in his earlobes and then hooked a bowling ball onto them. He not only lifted the ball up but swung it back and forth. Now that's talent! (You have to wonder who came up with that one.)
So this is it--my last post on the Indiana State Fair. We probably won't go again for another 2-3 years. Who knows, maybe I'll be hanging a bowling ball from my earlobes by then.