Illinois State Fair #RedCupShowdown

I can't believe we made it to Seattle’s Best Red Cup Showdown! It was a BLAST!
Illinois State Fair
The 13 contestants threw a lot at host Food Network's Jeff Mauro...and he handled it like a pro. Don't ask me to explain this picture...'cause I can't;) (Like you've never seen a leprechaun making yummy coffee drinks?)
mini treats
Luckily, for those of us who drove down EARLY in the morning, the good folks from Seattle's Best had yummy mini treats for us:P
Red Cup Showdown Submission
It was really fun seeing what kind of coffee drinks the contestants came up with. ( know this one came from the leprechaun...right?)
yummy coffee drinks red cup showdown
People were really clever...adding everything from peaches, to zucchini, to lots...and lots of chocolate. (ain't nothing wrong with that!)
Winner Red Cup Challenge Illinois State Fair
It didn't take long for judges Jeff Mauro, Nancy Sweet of the Illinois State Fair, and Sam Asay from Seattle’s Best Coffee to declare Anthony Karas the winner with his Café Mocha en Fuego submission. Now he will be off to the main competition in NY to go up against other state fair winners for a chance to win $10,000! Good luck Anthony...GO ILLINOIS!
Tub time at the illinois state fair
Then I took my city kids around the fair to check out some animals. We enjoyed watching tubby time at the cattle barn.
Yes, the kiddos did talk me into going down the BIG SLIDE. Look at how scared The Little Man and I are! (Notice Miss Peach sulking on the stairs:( ) She  mustered up all her bravery and made it down the slide...but I don't think she's doing it again any time soon:O

The Seattle's Best Red Cup Showdown will be heading off to the Iowa State Fair next, so be sure to catch up with them if you can. If not, you can connect on Facebook, Twitter, or their website.

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  1. Don't know what the second set of coffee mugs has is it, but it looks yummy. I want some of them. It's the second photo with the words: "COFFEE" in front.
    Liked the tubby time for cows too.

  2. That's awesome! We're heading to the IA State Fair on Wednesday to check out the Showdown! Can't wait. Love your pics!!

  3. Holy smacks, I want one of every single of those coffee drinks, leprechaun or no. And that picture of Jeff Mauro made me LOL. Love that!


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