If there was ever a place to exercise your freedom of choice, it’s the Iowa State Fair. Whether you’re the “stick-to-the-strict-diet-at-all-times” type who finds heaven with salad on a stick or the “what-the-heck-I’m-throwing-caution-to-the-wind-today” chance-taker who methodically stalks the fried desserts on a stick, you’ll be in luck. The fair is a perfect place to put your decision-making talents to the test. It’s true that healthy food makes for a healthy life, but the occasional indulgence in a snack or trying something new is just as important. Herbivores, carnivores and locavores alike can be satisfied at the fair. So sink into the Hot Beef Sundae or settle down with a strawberry shake. It’s your choice. Celebrate it and enjoy it. To learn more about how to protect your food choices year-round, check out http://www.choose2choose.org
The Iowa State Fair offers endless options for food that you crave. This stand, located on the grand concourse, offers a wide variety of fried foods.
Amanda Snodgrass shows off a freshly-created dish of strawberry shortcake while working at the Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Grower's Association booth. Fresh fruits and vegetables were incorporated into all of their tasty offerings.
Dick Rickelman enjoys a bowl of strawberry ice cream during one of the hottest days of the fair. The Dairy Barn was busy from morning to night making shakes, cones and other icy treats.
Matt Greiner shares an afternoon snack of french fries and chicken strips with his daughter, Ava, at the Iowa State Fair.
Morgan Wells displays one of the famous Wonder Bar ice cream snacks from her stand. The Wonder Bar has been a staple at the fair for several decades.
Alex Kennedy nearly bites off more than he can chew while enjoying a turkey leg from the Iowa Turkey Federation stand.
Fair goers make their way down concession row at the Iowa State Fair.
David Klein enjoys a famous Iowa State Fair corn dog complete with stripes of ketchup and mustard.
Susan Scieszinski samples a BBQ rib during the Iowa Farm Bureau cookout contest.
Brats, sausage, hot dogs, footlong hot dogs, and grilled vegetables are the pride of the Hardenbrooks food stand.
Kim Bengston fills orders at the Iowa Cattlemen's food stand while a tasty beef sundae waits to be eaten. Beef sundaes feature shredded beef, mashed potatoes, cheese, and (of course) a cherry to top it all off.
Al Wilson slices fresh watermelon at the Beattie's Melon Patch. Fresh mouth watering watermelon can make the hottest day at the fair more enjoyable.
Barbara Byrd enjoys a pork chop on a stick from the Iowa Pork Producer's food stand. Byrd was taking photos of people enjoying a wide variety of food on a stick.
Enjoying food is one of the best ways to meet new people at the fair.
K.C. Spooner displays one of Carl's Famous Gizmos, a staple at the fair since 1946. The gizmo is made of Graziano sausage, ground beef, special sauce, mozzarella cheese, and served on a delicious Italian roll.
Written by Joe Murphy and Heather Lilienthal
Joe is a photographer and writer for Iowa Farm Bureau. Heather is an Ag Commodities Writer for the Iowa Farm Bureau.