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Iowa State Fair – Aug. 16 – 19, 2012 – Des Moines, Iowa

Welcome to the first entry of my ‘new and improved’ blog. The way in which we handle the Engine Answerman events has also changed and improved. I have a lot more help now, (very knowledgeable and enthusiastic folks) which allows us to be at larger events, gives me more time with consumers, to do interviews, walk the shows and meet people, etc. We still attend car, boat and motorcycle shows, but we also have a presence at other, more family-oriented events like this one.
 
Setting up before the crowds arrive
 
Jen (STA-BIL® brand manager) and me
 
Lots of product information
We’re grateful for our loyal customers, but we also want to reach folks who may not know about the great products that Gold Eaglemanufacture. With the emergence of ethanol in fuel, there are a lot of people who want information on how to deal with the effects. Ethanol was on a lot of peoples’ minds here, as I’m finding more and more everywhere.
People love the 303® Products
We have a tent now, with a lot of interactive ‘toys’ – like a spin-wheel where people can win prizes, an iPad for people wanting to join CoolRides, a STA-BIL® wagon for kids to be photographed in – and we’ll be adding more. Of course my‘toys’ are still there – like the World’s Fastest Lawnmower. Since I don’t have to drive the Big Blue Truck to every event anymore, I get to hit more regions of the good ol’ USA!
Spin and win a prize
 
He’s ready to take his ride for a spin
What a great event the Iowa State Fair was! Perfect weather (not too hot and not at all humid) and great crowds – nearly 1.1 million people attended over the ten days. I got interview by a few local news stations – KCCI Channel 8 and WOI-DT Channel 5. Also did an interview with the Des Moines Register! (Check all three links if you’re so inclined). Not too shabby for a guy from Locus Grove, Georgia just doing what I love to do.
Folks enjoying a great day
Not a sign I see every day
Diesel Formula STA-BIL® and the Engine Answerman taking care of your biodiesel
The food was unbelievable and kind of strange. They had everything from chocolate dipped bacon to deep fried Twinkies – all on a stick! And I couldn’t find sweet tea anywhere at the Iowa State Fair – or in Des Moines. I’ll see if I can’t get that fixed by next year.
Where are my Tums?
Chocolate or hot sauce? Hmmm …
And speaking of strange … I saw the world’s largest chocolate moose and the world’s largest butter cow.
He wasn’t on a stick!
I can’t believe it IS butter!
Now if this doesn’t entice you to visit the Iowa State Fair next year, I don’t know what will. Maybe entertainment like Hank Williams Jr., Rascal Flats or Journey – they all played while I was there.
Please leave me a comment or question below. Always looking suggestions for improving the blog.
And if you’re in the Colorado vicinity, I hope you’ll join me at the Colorado State Fair this coming weekend: August 24 – 26.
Until next time!

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