My sister’s birthday was August 6th, so to celebrate I bought her tickets to see Train and Matt Nathanson at the Iowa State Fair. It was a much needed break from Cedar Rapids for both of us…Nicole leaves for college in T-3 days and has been packing up her things and I’ve been spending too much time at home on the computer applying for jobs (a few interviews, but no luck yet).
We arrived at the fair around 2 pm and headed straight for all the food stands. Nicole had never been before so she wanted to check out all the fried foods. We decided on what we would eat for dinner and then headed off to see all of the animals and the butter cow. We spent the afternoon petting sheep, goats, llamas, cows, and horses. We stopped at the butter cow for two seconds, just long enough to say we had seen it haha. Our next stop was the rides. They were expensive!!! It was $20 for a sheet of 20 tickets and each ride was 4-6 tickets. We were able to go on the ferris wheel and the Tilt-A-Whirl. Then we played some games for an hour or so before grabbing dinner. We split an order of the deep-fried cheese curds…holy cow amazing!! They were like mozzarella sticks, but 10x better! Nicole also had a slushie from the DIY slushie stand and a deep-fried snickers bar. I had a pineapple whipped ice cream treat and a corn dog. Yummy!
After eating, we headed to the Grandstand for the concert. Matt Nathanson was the opening act. To be honest, I had no idea who he was. Turns out, he sings “Come On Get Higher”, one of my favorite songs from the late 90s! After Matt’s performance was Train. They were outstanding!! I had seen them two years ago when they were at the fair with Maroon 5 and thought they were stellar, but they really knocked it out the park this time. They sang a few of their memorable songs from the 90s, like “Meet Virginia” and “Calling All Angels” along with their newer songs. During their performance of “Bruises” they asked for an audience member to sing the duet with them!! It was awesome! After the concert there was a surprise fireworks display
We were both exhausted after the concert, so we went back to the hotel and crashed. Despite being worn out, it was an amazing weekend and I had a lot of fun hanging out with Nicole before she heads off to Clarke University on Thursday.