If there was ever a place to exercise your freedom of choice, it's the Iowa State Fair. Whether you're the "stick-to-the-strict-diet-at-all-times" type who finds heaven with salad on a stick or the "what-the-heck-I'm-throwing-caution-to-the-wind-today" chance-taker who methodically stalks the fried desserts on a stick, you'll be in luck. The fair is a perfect place to put your decision-making talents to the test. It's true that healthy food makes for a healthy life, but the occasional indulgence in a snack or trying something new is just as important. Herbivores, carnivores and locavores alike can be satisfied at the fair. So sink into the Hot Beef Sundae or settle down with a strawberry shake. It's your choice. Celebrate it and enjoy it. To learn more about how to protect your food choices year-round, check out www.choose2choose.org.

Written by Joe Murphy and Heather Lilienthal
Joe is a photographer and writer for Iowa Farm Bureau.
Heather is an Ag Commodities Writer for the Iowa Farm Bureau.