A Trip Back Home, And a Reminder
Trip Start Jul 29, 2011
7Trip End Dec 31, 2011
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We had scheduled this trip for August so that it would be during Debi's summer break, and we had chosen this particular week because of the Indiana State Fair. So after going to my parent's house to freshen up, Debi and I along with my parents and brother headed to the fairgrounds. This was one of those new experiences for Debi, but for me it used to be an annual rite of summer. But this year it had a different feel to it. It had been less than a week since the tragic collapse of the rigging of the mainstage before the Sugarland concert that claimed six lives. Keith had been working the show that night running video equipment and had a first hand account of the scene of destruction. The rigging fell onto the trailer he was in, and if it had fallen differently by a matter of feet or if they had left the trailer seconds earlier, we could have been making the trip home under different circumstances
When we got there in the late afternoon, the weather was typical Indiana weather for August, meaning it was the three H's: hazy, hot, and humid. The fair has changed very little over the years and it could have been the same view twenty years ago. We hopped on the tram to take us to the main stretch along the front of the fairgrounds. Since one of the main draws to the fair is the food, at one of the stops Debi and I hopped off to get a lemon shake up and got back on before it took us to our next stop, which was the swine barn. Every year the fair has the largest boar, and as strange as it seems this is must see. Appropriately (or maybe inappropriately) is the tent selling pork burgers. I can't think of a year that I have been to the fair and not had a pork burger so it was imparative that we eat there. In the years I have been away, they have added a new item to the menu called the garbage burger which is a pork burger with pulled BBQ pork on it. After dinner we continued walking the circle around the track that makes up the fairgrounds looking in the different animal barns and exposition halls until it started to get dark. We then made our way to the midway for the games and rides.