What Happens When the Turtle Is Uninspired.

Lacking any sort of inspiration, I fall back to my first love – food.

I spent a little time at the Kansas State Fair recently. Haven’t been there in years; mostly, I suppose, because it’s a long way away and I don’t raise livestock. Anyhoo, fair food is always a reason to celebrate, so I made plans to journal my food adventures. I then promptly forgot to take pics of most of what I ate, starting with the continental breakfast at the hotel. Since it was granola and a biscuit, you’re not missing much.

My first fair food purchase. It was nearly 11 AM and I should have gotten commission. It was also my first mistake. Even though the turkey leg was fall-off-the-bone delicious, it took up valuable tummy space. Lots of it, because I ate the whole thing. I should have by-passed the obvious and gone for the “pork parfait” – a parfait cup layered with roasted pork, mashed potatoes and BBQ sauce. Or, Moink Balls – meatballs wrapped in bacon and roasted on a stick. Well, I try to live without regrets. Maybe next year.

Closer to a normal lunch hour for humans, although far too late for a hobbit like me, I went patrolling for the next snack. I’d heard a lot about fried curds. I barely remembered to snap a pic before eating the last one. Frankly, they tasted a lot like Sonic Ched-R-Bites with ranch sauce. Again, I should have saved the room for a fried candy bar. Or the Manchurian BBQ, another food-on-a-stick opportunity I passed up because I was just too full of stuff like this.

Later that afternoon, hungry grabbed me rather forcefully. Fortunately, mom was there to prevent a terrible food-related disaster.



(Where was she the rest of the time, you wonder? Laughing and snapping pics, of course. I’m quite funny when I eat, unless you get between me and my food.)


I was able to find something a bit more edible…

So I “ed” it.

(I did not get a henna tattoo. Maybe next time.)



Yes, the roasted ear of corn was delicious, especially sprinkled with garlic salt.

I should have taken a pic of the fly that landed in the butter on top and drowned.

I would feel bad for him, but 1) he tried to eat MY corn, and 2) I think he died happy.

I would have.


The healthiest meal I ate by far was the chicken and noodles, apparently a State Fair staple.



As you can see, they were quite good.



Well, I have more pics, and you can see them in my FB photo albums, provided you can navigate the new FB feed changes well enough to find anything there anymore. Suffice to say, poor planning left me unable to enjoy the one thing I wanted to eat – a fried candy bar. By the time I found a stall selling them, I was too full to part with $5 for the expected stomach ache.

However, we did make one more stop on the drive home…



Ah, Braum’s peppermint ice cream. How I miss you in my daily life, you precious, precious creamy goodness.

Frankly, I needed the peppermint. My stomach was a bit upset. Can’t imagine why.



About Robynn Tolbert

Born in Kansas and born again at age six, Robynn has published two novels and started her third. Robynn, aka Ranunculus Turtle, lives in Kansas with a clowder of cats, a patient dog and a garden.

6 comments on “What Happens When the Turtle Is Uninspired.

  1. Ha! It all looks yummy. I wouldn’t have made it beyond fried curd. Where did you put all of that? Shell? 😛

  2. My dear sweet turtle….the best is watching her eat Chinese with chopsticks…she actually carries a pair with her in her purse…never know when you might need them…it really is quite entertaining. Fair was fun and she is a great conversationalist. The food was terribly interesting and sometimes questionable, so we just trudged on and tried all we could and still stay upright. We will have to see what happens next year…perhaps everyone could meet there and share the fun!

  3. Yay for fair food! Thanks for taking us on a little gastronomic journey with you. I think I need to go find a snack myself. 🙂

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