Our State Fair was this week. I love the fair. I love all fairs – county and state. I don’t really love the rides themselves (except for the swings and the ferris wheel) but instead I love their lights and sounds, their garish promises of life altering thrills and adventure for only 4 tickets a ride.
What I love is the food, the livestock and the arts and crafts. All that “blue ribbon” stuff.
This year, the State Fair had a deal where you could get in the gate and park for free from 11-1 during the work week. On Friday my friend Kim and I took advantage of that great deal and skedaddled on down to the fair (shockingly close to Downtown as it turns out) on our lunch break.
At the fair, the more plain and “normal” a food is the smaller the line.
Polish Sausage? Oh, how last decade.
I also noticed this year that EVERYONE sells lemonade. There was even bacon lemonade this year. Eww. How was that even thought up, let alone followed through on? There is no part of me that wants to drink lemonade. I cannot even imagine.
Also, when did lemonade become the unofficial drink of fairs? Has this always been true and I am just now noticing.
This year I also felt like there was a turkey leg explosion.
I think teenage boys must be the ones to keep the pizza places open. It just doesn’t seem like fair food to me. Maybe if they deep fried it in bacon batter….?
I would have totally taken that pie back and complained. Made a big ole stink till you were dragging me away in embarrassment. Lol. But I was much disappointed with all foods at the county fair this year as well as the inside ribboned entries. Now the goats and chickens were perfectly entertaining as usual.
I went to the NC state fair yesterday and we actually had very few (if any) jumbo turkey legs. I'm really disappointed. Still lots of roasted corn. The crazy deep fried mess this year was deep fried PB&J. I stuck with a jumbo corndog.
What makes a corndog/hot dog Texas style? We have Carolina style burgers/dogs that are mustard, onion, chili, and cole slaw.
I'm totally with you on ignoring food I can get anywhere else at any time of year.
Patti @ Pandoras Box says
Cute post and great photos…at our NY State Fair, I have often judged in the “foods” category. We are all Family and Consumer Science teachers and they even pay us! You just need to find the director of that category and contact her – it is really a fun time and the foods entered are fabulous! (I have been known to ask for “seconds” because they are so good!!)
I love you photos. They are so happy looking. Too bad about your fried treat debacle. That just stinks! Do you know know I have NEVER been to our state fair (Kansas)! I wonder what is in your cookbook from Kansas?