Illinois State Fair, Seattle’s Best, A Carful Of Nicholes

It’s State Fair Time!!!!

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This Friday, the Houseful is going to transform into the Car full of Nicholes and head on down to Springfield, Illinois for the Illinois State Fair. While we’re there, we’ll probably gorge on elephant ears, cream puffs, something fatty that is coated and deep fried, and last but not least, enjoying some great showdowns including but not limited to overeating and Seattle’s Best #RedCupShowdown.

The Illinois State Fair starts on Thursday, August 8 in Springfield, Illinois and Friday is going to be a special day because it will be a chance for our family and some of you (you know you want to come) to check out some Illinois residents, giving it their all in a showdown of grinding proportions! Jeff Mauro of Food Network fame, will be hosting the showdown, as well as offering iced treats to fair goers alike.

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You can check out the finalists from all over the country who have submitted their best recipes of these coffee concoctions on the Seattle Best Facebook Page. There are lots of great pictures of contestants and links to their drink creations. They ALL look so great and refreshing. Especially the ones made with lots of caramel!

Visiting the fair is going to be a bittersweet moment for us. Next week starts the official start of school for the cellist, and I have to admit to having a seventh grader.

I will also admit that this will be the first time that I have ever gone to a State Fair, even though I hear and read about them all of the time. I’m really looking forward to eating, eating, and eating some more (and yes, I’m still doing P90X, but I won’t tell my body if you don’t) You can follow my adventures on twitter at @HFofNicholes and even tweet out to @Seattlesbest

I’ll make sure to take plenty of photos of all the great stuff that we try, and I may even psych myself up to get on a ride or two. Who knows?

Come join me, won’t ya?

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  • Reply
    Debbie Stouffer
    August 8, 2012 at 1:35 am

    If this is your first State Fair, it won’t be your last! Have a great time.

    • Reply
      Mrs. Houseful
      August 20, 2012 at 11:44 am

      We had an absolute blast Debbie! Great fun, we just wish that we could have stayed a bit longer.

  • Reply
    Michelle @ Simplify, Live, Love
    August 12, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Oh wow – a 7th grader! My oldest is in third grade and I’m freaking out about that…

    We are state fair junkies!!'re heading to the Iowa State Fair on Wednesday to check out the #RedCupShowdown!! I am so excited. 🙂

    Hope you had a great time. It sounds like so much fun.

  • Reply
    August 16, 2012 at 11:09 am

    I was excited to get to go to the fair too!!

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