During their annual visit to the Iowa State Fair, the Frake family enjoy many adventures. Proud patriarch Abel (Charles Winninger) has high hopes for his champion swine Blueboy; and his wife Melissa (Fay Bainter) enters the mincemeat and pickles contest.
Arshin would like to take a wife. Custom dictates that his family select a bride for him. Not wishing to enter into a union with someone he’s never met, Arshin disguises himself as a humble clothpeddler, the better to find a woman of his own choosing, then coerce his family into selecting her.
In 1916, beautiful young mute Helen is a domestic worker for elderly, ailing Mrs. Warren. Mrs. Warren's two adult sons, Albert (a professor) and womanizing impudent Steven, also live in the Warren mansion.