fair-ly fantastic.

by Janetha on September 15, 2011

in fun with friends,love life,product review

sometimes i can’t stop the urge to use really dumb, play-on-words titles. now is one of those times.

as i mentioned, we went to the utah state fair on tuesday for my mom’s birthday.


it’s a family tradition and i have gone to the fair EVERY year (of my life, i am thinking) except for the year i lived in london.

don’t believe me? check out my recaps of the state fair in 2010 here, in 2009 here and a flashback post of previous years here! tons of fair goodness.

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we all met at the fair around dinnertime, so the first thing on everyone’s minds was food. marshall had one food in particular on his mind…


frozen chocolate covered banana with nuts!


time out from fair food for a hilarious story!

since it was my mom’s birthday, we gave her a couple of cards that marshall had picked out. marshall is REALLY good at picking out cards, so i left that to him. he actually chose three for my mom, but we held back and only gave her two. when it comes to her many grandkids, my mom goes by “nana sue”. marshall bought a card that had some dogs on it (and it was entirely in spanish, that was the funny part) so i decided to sign the card from penny and randy.. writing “nana sue” on the envelope.

well, when i handed my mom the card and she read the envelope, she basically turned white and looked at me with wide eyes.  i was a tad confused at her reaction to the envelope alone.. then it clicked: she thought i was telling her i was pregnant! i immediately exclaimed, “NO NO NO NO NO!” and laughed hysterically.  it was quite the scare for her. it was flipping hilarious. she had to fan herself off because i gave her a hot flash.


okay, back to the fair! while i really had my heart set on a deep fried turkey leg, i opted to attend a special event instead. there was a whole tent of local vendors sampling their food all day long! i lucked out!IMG_4066

i was in food blogger heaven!


a few of the highlights..

blackberry pepper preserves from pepperlane products, a brand i see in grocery stores often.


it was sweet, sour and spicy all in one little dab!IMG_4105

several different granola booths, including nature baked granolaIMG_4109

they featured a tasty, season-appropriate caramel apple spice granola. it was a chewy explosion of autumn in my mouth.IMG_4108

the most AMAZING and UNIQUE vinegar i have ever tried from slideridge honey. IMG_4114

honey wine vinegar! i have tried several flavors of vinegar such as cinnamon pear and blackberry, but the flavor is always a little overpowered by the strong vinegar.  however, i was really surprised that the taste of the raw honey was very present in this one. i found out where they sell it (caputo’s downtown!) and can’t wait to snag a bottle.

laurie’s buffalo gourmet chips were fantastic and the representative was full of useful information!


their chips are all natural, loaded with fiber AND flavor, and are made in the same town i live in! small world. the chips contained only four ingredients. all too often i see a bag of chips with mile-long ingredient lists. WHY so many ingredients when you can make such a tasty chip with so few ingredients?? my favorite was the sun dried tomato and basil.

there was some goat’s milk lotion and i basically took a photo for eden and only eden. although it all smelled really delicious and i thought about eating it.


finally, the product i am the most excited about,   a locally made high fiber, low carb, high protein tortilla that tastes like a tortilla! not like a wrap.. or like a piece of cardbord.. an actual, authentic tortilla.


take a gander at the nutrition label:


stellar. they will be selling these tortillas in costco soon, i can’t wait.

after spending way too much time in the taste of utah tent, i met up with my family again. i had kind of forgotten i was at the state fair!


we headed into a commercial building where we checked out a bunch of crap we didn’t need. my mom and i could spend hours walking through the exhibitor booths.. so useless, so entertaining.IMG_4185

on one side of the building there was the body SHAPER.


and on the other side.. the exact same machine but it was called the body SLIMMER.


well, i have news for both of these booths. it’s not a shaper or a slimmer—my mom has one and they are awesome to do exercises on.. but it’s not like you can hop on, turn it on and stand there for 30 minutes expecting to get shaped and slimmed, folks.

on our way out, my nephews eyeballed the candied apples. i don’t blame them, look how beautiful they are!

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when in rome.


marshall snagged some peanut butter fudge to share with everyone. it literally melted in my mouth—so good!


next up was the the horses (marshall’s favorite part!)


we stopped for a photo op.. ladiesss. (yes i am holding hands with my mom. what?)


the gang, watching the horses do their horse thing.


we headed to the stables to get up close and personal with a few horses.

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we met this adorable clydesdale, annabelle. she. was. enormous. (i did that sentence for you, eden.)


ahhh! don’t you want one?!?! i do. i am not sure we have room in the bed…

after the horses, we moved onto my favorite part of the fair: the big yellow slide!


i love the slide so much! i had my niece on my lap. as you can see, marshall (on the left) came in first.IMG_4278 i went up a second time to snap a shot of the fairgrounds. beautiful! it was the perfect evening.


we walked around a bit and everyone snagged a treat. i decided to get some freshly sliced local peaches—my favorite fruit. 


they were serving them with cream, but i decided to skip the cream. my jeans will thank me later, i am sure.


mmm. peachy.

it was getting late and i had to get to my friend dave’s birthday celebration, so we called it a night. on my way out, i made sure to snap a few photos of this year’s butter sculpture…


the butter sculpture is not to be missed! it is different every year (and i am pretty certain they reuse the same butter year after year, but don’t quote me on that.) it is made of 700 POUNDS of butter!


i thought the spoof on the royal wedding was pretty cute.

this year was a really quick trip to the fair. we didn’t check out the  vegetables, the bunnies or the art! such a bummer.. but there is always next year, right?


of course, right. marshall can’t wait to get another photo in the fairway midway.


1. do you have a state fair near you? do you go?

2. what is one of your family traditions?

xo. janetha g.

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Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats September 15, 2011 at 11:49 pm

The story about the card from the dogs is too funny!

The State Fair here takes place only 40 miles away but I have never been to it. The things I hear raved about most are all of the deep fried creations (ex-Oreos, butter, Snickers…). That sounds like a really bad tummy ache to me! lol.

With my step dad’s family, it is a tradition to have a fondue dinner for our Christmas celebration. I love it and look forward to it every year! :)

olivia September 15, 2011 at 11:52 pm

Man that slide brings back memories! My sister and I used to love that thing when we were little. I think they need to invest in some of those locally and permanently!

Sara September 15, 2011 at 11:55 pm

I love our fair so much that we get season tickets and go 2-3 times!! :) I’m still jealous of that garlic grating plate thing you got last year, I saw them at our fair and was too cheap to pay their $22 price. :P

Carrie@shrinkingcarrie September 16, 2011 at 12:02 am

Your posts make me miss all the fun stuff in Utah at this time of year! We do have a pretty good Palisade Peach Festival that happens here (Colorado). I feel like my body is morphing into a peach I’ve eaten so many. Fourth of July is my favorite family tradition. We always take the kids to the parade and have barbecue’s with our extended family. It is ALWAYS a good time!

Bonnie September 16, 2011 at 12:17 am

What a fun recap post, Janetha! I, too, love fairs. Free samples, usable but not *needed* household items, rides and greasy foods…so great! You look extra cute too – fun outfit and great face. ;) Glad it was a blast!

Marisa September 16, 2011 at 12:18 am

i loved reading all about the fair until I saw the picture of the ladies. :( I am bringing my ladies next year or the next!! And the big yellow slide was hard to see, too. Forget Christmas… the fair is better! (Almost)

Andrea@WellnessNotes September 16, 2011 at 1:19 am

Your fair posts always remind me how long I’ve been reading your blog! I remember the other two, and I can’t believe the first one was two years ago… I always think the slide would be fun! And the toddler would probably be old enough soon…

I’ve only been to a few fairs, and they were nothing like yours!!!

Erica September 16, 2011 at 5:46 am

I cant believe your mom thought you were preggers!!!!
Caramel apple granola sounds awesome and those actual caramel apple look delicious! Great trip

cathy September 16, 2011 at 5:52 am

j, your happiness and enthusiasm for your annual fair outing just bubble right over in this post! so glad you got out with your family.
we have tons of “fall fairs” as we call them, going on every weekend around here. the big one is the cne (canadian national exhibition) that was in toronto in late august. i have not been in many years!
love the photo of you holding hands with momma b. and your bday card story is priceless.
love the butter sculptures! miss photos of knitting from the craft tent!

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga September 16, 2011 at 6:41 am

PB Fudge, caramel apples, honey wine vinegar, just being together,…oh wow, I want to go!

I grew up LOVING the state fair. I mean, it was the highlight of the summer! Mini donut, cheese curds, the rides, the carney games, you name it…I loved it all!

We don’t go to the CA state fair b/c it’s too far but there is a county fair that’s fun…but…we missed it this year. Whoops !

lindsay September 16, 2011 at 6:46 am

poor mama B, she probably thought that was the best present ever (for a second). So…..did you get the cyldesdale???

Lauren September 16, 2011 at 7:01 am

Ah, so fun! Your mom deserves the best birthday and what a better way to spend it. Too funny about the card! Now if that were true, that would have made it her best birthday yet! ;)

katie September 16, 2011 at 7:04 am

Caramel Apple Granola, Candy apple Heaven, and that banana?! YUM!

The granola sounds amazing!

SO funny your mom thought you were saying your pregnant, haha! Happy Birthday mom, I have a bun in the oven! lol! So funny!

I think that is really cool that you go EVERY year, its great to have family traditions like that : )

I have not been to a fair in about 4 years, I used to go to the one back home every year with my family , but then moved away, next year I will be going again! I love the fair!

Love you! xoxo

Tessa @ Amazing Asset September 16, 2011 at 7:35 am

Aww what a fun post to read, that story with the cards is hilarious! My mom and I always attend the Topsfield Fair over Columbus day weekend, I cannot wait… it has all of this good stuff, even the giant yellow slide :)

Holly @ The Runny Egg September 16, 2011 at 7:45 am

I love the State Fair here in MN — the food is crazy and I love to go to the exhibitor booths, see the prize pumpkins/produce and see the farm animals. Seriously we spend all day there and if I didn’t have to work we’d probably go more than once.

Abby September 16, 2011 at 7:48 am

I used to have horses and during 4-H we totally stayed at the fairgrounds for the weekend and the show. Ahh…good times. Anyway, I love the people watching! Fairs are prime time for that, not to mention shopping for things you don’t need.

But then again, who doesn’t need hundreds of pounds of butter? Happy Birthday to Mama B!

Heather (Heather's Dish) September 16, 2011 at 8:13 am

i want to go to the fair! but the texas state fair…i like to see the most ridiculous fried things that people come up with :)

Hope @ With A Side Of Hope September 16, 2011 at 8:18 am

That fair looks like so much fun! I love that it’s a family tradition for you! I have never been to fair like that before. It’s definitely on my list of things to do! :)

Sami September 16, 2011 at 8:43 am

looks like you made momma b’s bday extra special (: so glad you all had a wonderful time!

we have something called the gratz fair! it’s got a demolition derby, farm animals, rides, and vendors. (: i think it starts this weekend, actually!


sarah (sarah learns) September 16, 2011 at 9:08 am

the fair looks like so much fun! and too funny about momma b’s reaction to the birthday card. those mom’s itching for more grand-babies all the time…. ;)

i’ve never ever been to the wisconsin state fair, which is really sad to me. i want to go next year! i did however, go to our county fair every year when i was younger.

Felicia (Natural + Balanced) September 16, 2011 at 9:49 am

love your outfit!

momma b. September 16, 2011 at 10:17 am

Yes it was a fair-ly fantastic night! I love this tradition and being with our family…..missed the Bills.

I have finally calmed down…..my heart got quite a workout haha!

Love you SO much xo!

Paige September 16, 2011 at 10:21 am

Love that last picture – I feel like most of the pictures of Marshall he doesn’t smile with his teeth? Also I just love the question marks in the font you chose for your site…so curly and adorable.

Here are some more just for fun: ?????

This is the weirdest comment I have ever left, I think…

Jenna Z September 16, 2011 at 10:30 am

Wow, your fair is really late in the year! Our state fair (Illinois) is in early august. We don’t generally go to the state fair but I always exhibit at our local county fair. And I blogged this year’s here:

Jenny @ FranklyFatso September 16, 2011 at 10:42 am

This post, while awesome, makes me sad. They just decided two days ago to cancel our fair (the Bloomsburg Fair) this year due to catastrophic flooding in my hometown. It’s a HUGE fair and people come from all over (even several states away) to attend. This is the first it’s been canceled since before the Civil War. So sad. But it looks like you had fun!

Pure2raw twins September 16, 2011 at 11:19 am

oh man what a perfect day at the fair!! so jealous :)

love horses too! we grew up with them, and miss being around them all the time

Trisha September 16, 2011 at 11:40 am

Looks like so much fun! I like those body slimmer/shaper machines. But pretty sure I don’t use them for slimming…haha just a nice addition to change up workouts!

Good luck with the Dirty Dash this weekend! I’ll be doing it next weekend :)

Kris | iheartwellness.com September 16, 2011 at 12:08 pm

Your photo’s rock!! Your mom is the cutest thing, love her!!

I love going to fair….well I Love the THOUGHT of going, then when Im there I get bored. LOL

We always go to the stanly park christmas train a tiny train that runs through a large park at christmas all decorated with lights. There are no little ones anymore….but we still go ;)


LauraJayne September 16, 2011 at 12:14 pm

So, I have to be honest, after my fair visit last year, I vowed never to go back. But it isn’t a family tradition, so I don’t feel like I’m breaking any of society’s mores by saying that. I much prefer visiting the fair through your pictures. Looks fun and clean and full of delicious food. That I can’t eat.

Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers September 16, 2011 at 12:34 pm

It’s great that you all had such a good time. You’ve made me really want to find a local fair or festival. Luckily, every Clemson home game is like a big ole’ party/festival!

Shannon September 16, 2011 at 1:03 pm

MMmm, peaches :) i’m intrigued by the honey wine vinegar! but what had me cracking up was the card to nana sue :)

Jessica Corbin September 16, 2011 at 1:23 pm

I think its great that you and your mom are so close. Also makes me rather sad because I have never had that with my mom and probably never will. It is a shame the way things have gone down, but I am better for it, but sure miss those holding hand times, calling her 12 times a day, or just knowing she is there to listen and be there for me for and through everything. Oh well! Enjoy your mom :) She is special!

julie September 16, 2011 at 1:35 pm

bahahahaha this is the corniest post name ever

Kim @ The Family Practice September 16, 2011 at 1:47 pm

We just moved to Utah! I guess we better go to the fair!
Found you on healthy living blogs :)

Lindsay @ Lindsay's List September 16, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Awesome night! Do they charge admission for your fair?? Ours is the only one in the state that is still free.

Janetha September 16, 2011 at 2:02 pm

YEp, they do. Free fair would rule!

Ashley September 16, 2011 at 2:38 pm

I’ve been to the North Dakota State fair a couple times, but never the Kansas. Apparently I don’t want to support my own state, oops.

And thank you very much, I am craving a huge pile of craptastic food right now.

And your outfit is cute. I like it a lot.

That is all :)

Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun September 16, 2011 at 3:36 pm

I bet your mom’s face was priceless!!! LOL

I love the fair. Although I wish our fair had more fun food options. It’s just fried stuff on a stick at ours I swear.

Christin September 16, 2011 at 5:03 pm

How fun!!! Love the butter sculpture…I actually stayed up to watch the Royal Wedding (scary right?) But my husband’s family is from England, so that’s my excuse lol

My sister and I entered our “artwork” in the county fair every year when we were little…I still have all the ribbons from that! The restaurant I worked at up until it closed was located on the fairgrounds, so I got to watch all the horse shows, etc, and it was a lot of fun! Good times…

Happy Birthday to your Mom, and have a great weekend! :)

Lindsey @ Cardio Pizza September 16, 2011 at 6:24 pm

That Fair looks amazing! I remember going down those slides when I was young…so fun!

And I LOVE fair food..whenever I go to one, I seriously eat for hours and hours, I love the variety (especially the fried stuff….whoever thought to fry an Oreo is amazing)

The pregnant scare from the card…ah! That’s too funny!

Have a great weekend! :)

lynn @ the actor's diet September 16, 2011 at 8:31 pm

i’m going to my first fair TOMORROW!!!!

Kristina @ spabettie September 16, 2011 at 11:47 pm

Oregon State Fair is pretty fun, we go these days only if we have concert tickets.. last year was Willie Nelson (my favorite!) and this year was Cheap Trick. you get free entrance to the fair (the concerts are inside the fairgrounds) so we go early… my favorites are the food and the animals.

your mom is SO cute – thinking you were with kid ;)

fittingbackin September 17, 2011 at 6:46 pm

I’ve never done the state fair thing! Unless you count the annual peanut festival in Dothan, Alabama! Haven’t been since HS though!

Holly September 18, 2011 at 1:09 pm

I love that you guys go to the fair every year- that’s one of my favorite things to do…but we don’t really have a good one in Orlando :( They used to have a really good one back in my hometown of Jacksonville & I would also go every year- the pigs were my favorite :D
I love your outfit too! SO stinkin’ cute.
I love that Marshall wrote your Mom’s card in Spanish. I was laughing at that part, but then laughed even more when your Mom thought it was an ‘I’m pregnant announcement’ :) Although you two will make some super cute kids!
Lots of LOVE in this comment- ha! Love ya! Xo

Allison September 18, 2011 at 7:36 pm

Such a fun and memorable family tradition! I’ve never been to a state fair before and to be honest don’t know when/ where our state fair is?! Too cute about the confusion with the birthday card :P

P.S. The corny title is totes appropriate!

Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli September 18, 2011 at 10:09 pm

Ok, too many things to say…must revert to number listing:

1.Oh my gosh, poor Momma B! Such a funny story, but I bet she was seriously about to pee her pants!! Haha!
2. That vinegar reminds me of when I was in Santa Cruz and stopped in a vinegar tasting store…sadly they had no honey flavored ones, but they were soooooooo good! Seriously kicking myself for not buying a bottle…or two…or three!
3. I seriously looked at that pic of the goat milk lotion and was like, “oh that looks yummy”…THEN I read what it was!
4. LOVE the giant slide…always my favorite as a kid, but I haven’t been on one in years!
5. PEACHES!!! Totally lost it when you said you were ending your night with your favorite “fruit”! Bahahaha!

There’s a state fair in Nashville, but I only went once when I was in high schoool…some sort of field trip. All I remember was getting on one of those “defying gravity” sort of rides…you know the ones that go around in a circle so fast that you can’t lift your head? Yeah, note to self: don’t ride those rides anymore. I spent the rest of the day parked on a bench slowly sipping water and waiting for the day to finally end! :(

We don’t really have many traditions in my family outside of the holidays…like on Christmas Eve, I HAVE to go to my parent’s because every year for as long as I can remember, my sis and I get to open one gift and it’s always new pajamas!

Janetha September 20, 2011 at 11:33 am

hahahahahahaha #5!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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