(Steve Pope/Iowa State Fair)
Food is a very big deal at the Iowa State Fair. You can get anything you want on a stick. Pork chops, lamb, chocolate covered bananas, apples, cheese, deep fried twinkies...you name it - and it can be purchased on a stick at the state fair.
I admit, this column doesn't really have anything to do with shapeshifters or writing or anything paranormal, so I'm not sure why I'm writing about it except... August is fair time and whether you attend or not, conversations and thoughts invariably involve the state fair's highlights, so if you ever set a story in Iowa in August be sure to mention the fair.
Are other states as obsessed with their state fairs? Tell me. What's the attitude where you live?