Walk the Midway and Stay Awhile

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The hottest days of summer are over, and as we head into fall, State Fair season begins. This decades old tradition of farmers showing their prize produce and livestock has morphed into a showcase of music, culture, food, and gadgetry. Here’s a sampling of the festivities around the country and tips on where to stay and what to do after the blue ribbons have been awarded.

The Iowa State Fair is one of the most popular and talked about festivals worldwide. It’s easy to see why: if it’s the biggest, loudest, or most deep-fried, it’s at the Iowa State Fair. From hot bands like Train and Maroon 5 to chilled activities like the 100th year of butter cow sculpting, it’s all in Iowa.

Iowa’s Lake Panorama has even more to offer after you’ve filled up on deep fried moon pies Ferris wheel rides. This gorgeous lakefront home is loaded with every vacation amenity you could dream of. It’s designed with fun in mind. Leave the kids downstairs in the game room to play pool or ping pong. The upper-most level is a classy cabin-in-the-woods style loft complete with wet bar.

You’ll be able to enjoy the last days of summer in a perfected outdoor environment. A lakefront gazebo is perfect for lounging and finishing your summer book list. The fire pit and private beach make those last s’mores of summer even more memorable.


The Colorado State Fair is great for vacationers who prefer the higher altitudes and cows with a chip on their shoulders. Or a cowboy on their backs. This year, a host of rodeo riders will be performing including a special charity rodeo event: Cowboys Kickin’ Cancer. If you like your battles on wheels, check out the Roller Derby or the Demolition Derby. Had enough mud and mayhem? Then retreat to this pristine Victorian vacation home that’s conveniently located right in Pueblo.

You’ll stay in “citified” style at the end of a long day of playing in the “country.” This home has space for 6 and gorgeous indoor-outdoor living space. The screened porch provides views of the landscape. The yard has been constructed to be worthy of the National Historic Registry of which this home is apart. Built in 1890 and restored to its full glory, you’re family will get a cultural education just by staying in these rooms.

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