Boone County Fair highlights farm life in Iowa

img_0910-1024x768The Stevens family reunion was held near Boone, Iowa, this year. One of the perks of this location are the state and county fairs.

This year, we went to the Boone County Fair primarily to see the livestock — horses, cows, goats, chickens, turkeys, and bunnies.

We laughed when we discovered that, in spite of the sweltering heat, the pigs liked to cuddle.

We missed the talent show and the Boone Country Queen Pageant, but we did get to watch children playing in a sandbox full of feed corn.

Back on the Carlson farm, there were cherries to pick, pit and cook into delicious cobbler. We also had family Olympic competitions between Team Cecil and Team Lois (named after my generation’s Stevens grandparents). We played corn hole and Norweigan golf. Another challenge was to create five-minute dramas (standing ovation to Team Lois for telling the tale of Lois defeating an evil weed that threatened her florist business). The most anticipated and dramatic event, however, was the water balloon toss.


About Kristine K. Stevens

Book Cover200Kristine is the author of "If Your Dream Doesn't Scare You, It Isn't Big Enough: A Solo Journey Around the World." This nonfiction book tells the story of how she sold her house, quit her job and traveled around the world.

Kirkus Book Review: "... Stevens makes a friendly, relatable narrator ... plenty of colorful stories to make this an enjoyable, inspiring read... An often sweet memoir about finding oneself in many different places."

Next travel book to spotlight Iceland

25817249396_f6c787ef9f_z Kristine broke free from a desk job once again, and this time ended up volunteering in the far corners of Iceland!

Details about the release of this book will be posted on Facebook.