My parents and I are coming to Iowa for the state fair this summer--we are state fair fans and thought we would pilgrimage from New England to the land of BIG state fairs! Can anybody help me with the following (and I can't believe I am actually typing this in here, my father owes me one): when is the cow judging, week one or week two? Also, how many days should we set aside for the fair (I do have to get back to my husband and children so it can't be a whole week)? Any suggestions about where to stay (either specific hotels/ b & bs or parts of the city or region)? Other things we should not miss (it might be awhile before we get back to that part of the world)?
Thank you so much.