DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) - Candidates, candidates, candidates. The Iowa State Fair is in full swing in Des Moines, and with it comes, you guessed it, the presidential wannabe's.
GOP hopefuls Mitt Romney, Sam Brownback, Mike Huckabee, Duncan Hunter, Tom Tancredo, Ron Paul and even unofficial candidate Newt Gingrich have all made stops at the fair in Des Moines so far. Tommy Thompson will also make an appearance.
More than a million people attended this Iowa tradition in 2006, and this year fair officials expect nothing less. So what better place for the GOP candidates to look for votes for Saturday's straw poll than right here?
But in addition to the candidates' stops at the Des Moines Register's political soapbox speech area –where candidates can give a short description of themselves to voters - there's a veritable smorgasbord of possible photo ops to choose from.
Former Massachusetts governor and current Iowa frontrunner Mitt Romney grabbed a spatula to flip a few pork chops today at the Iowa Pork Producers Association booth. And yes, a reporter did ask about the coincidence of his "flipping" pork chops and the fact that he's been accused of flip-flopping on the issues. Romney laughed that off. He did, however, accidentally drop one of the chops, which he quickly picked up and, citing the so-called "five-second" rule, threw back on the grill. Needless to say, that was met with a few friendly boos from the onlookers.
Romney was also asked by a German media outlet what he thought of their country. Another minor flub followed.
"President Merkel is wonderful, and will do great things for her country and for the world," Romney said.
The only thing is, Angela Merkel is the chancellor of Germany, not the president.
- CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch