I believe every city dweller should visit their state fair. Aside from the sense of excitement and fun palpable from as far away as the parking lot, there is a whole side of life that is hard to see otherwise. One gets a good idea of where our food comes from and much of the culture surrounding it. I was quite impressed by the confidence and sense of capability I saw in the young people competing. We could have spent all day looking through barn after barn of every kind of animal. And then there are the foods and rides (!). On the way home the boys were already planning out next year's visit.