State Fairs - How do you pick what to eat?

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  1. iolaire
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    This weekend we will attend the Wisconsin State fair since its commonly listed as one of the best in the nation. To date the only other state fair that I've visited is the Alaska State fair.

    How do you decide what to eat when attending a State Fair?

    For example look at all the food options:
    New food:
    http://www.wistatefair.com/wp/Food-Category/new-foods/

    food on a stick:
    http://www.wistatefair.com/wp/Food-Category/foods-on-a-stick/

    Breakfast:
    http://www.wistatefair.com/wp/Food-Category/breakfast-items/

    Where do you start? Even just looking at the list of foods my eyes gloss over. Keep in mind now that I can not eat a lot so trying 1/4 of the interesting options is not possible...
     
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    A great post, iolare! You're right - this is "Fair time of year" for most states. In New England, we have the "BigE" - the Eastern States Fair, held every September for all of the New England States:
    http://www.thebige.com/fair/

    One simple recommendation for "great eats" is simply to watch the crowds. Most local folks tend to congregate where the food is the best - at least that works for finding the best ethnic restaurants in many cities and towns! ;)
     
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    Take a friend or two or three and share everything. That way you get a little bit of a lot of different foods.
     
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    I'd choose something unique to that area - that I couldn't otherwise try.
    Then, I'd wish I had a lot of friends with me so I could try a bite or two or lots of things b/c I also can't eat too much.
     
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    Look for the food places with the longest lines. If there is a long line and peopel are willing to wait that means it's probably some darn good food!
     
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    Deep-Fried Stick of Butter on a Stick at the Iowa State Fair.
    Minnesota: Fried pigs ears
    Texas: Fried beer, fried salsa, fried bubble gum, and deep fried sugar cubes
    California: Fried kool-aid
    Florida: Fried Ice Cream Cheeseburger
    Massachusetts: Fried Jelly Beans
    Illinois: Fried Alligator on a Stick
    Arizonia: Fried scorpions

    And the list just goes on...

    I can't imagine anything more healthy or wholesome, as American as deep fried Mom's apple pie (available at McDonalds).
     
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    Deep fried cheese curds... is there anything else in Wisconsin? ;)
     
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    I prefer to eat some snacks while free time. I do not like to eat junk foods...
     
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    Thanks for everyone's suggestions. I think looking for the long lines is a great suggestion - but I have to fight my desire to skip all long lines!

    Have you had the fried butter? What is the draw of it?


    The funny thing is that's not even featured on the local ingredients on the top 25 list (but its on our list):
    http://onmilwaukee.com/dining/articles/statefair25foods.html
    The standbys seem to be cream puffs and loaded baked potato. The potato sounds good but we will have to save that for the last item since its so filling.

    They have some sort of contest each year called the "Sporkies" and I think this was the winner, so I think we will try it (an article described it as surprising subtle on the sweetness which sounded good):
    http://www.wistatefair.com/wp/food/mela-fritta-gelato-on-a-stick/

    Mela Fritta Gelato On-a-Stick
    A heaping scoop of Vanilla Bean Gelato mixed with fresh apple bits, dipped in decedent caramel sauce topped with nuts - a 2013 Sporkies Winner for Most Creative and Grand Champion!


    And my wife wants this:
    http://www.wistatefair.com/wp/food/chicken-n-waffle-cone/
    Chicken-n-Waffle Cone
    Homemade Rosemary Cornmeal Waffle Cone filled with layers of creamy Bleu Cheese Coleslaw, Cajun Buttermilk marinated and battered Fried Chicken and Water Street Brewery Honey Lager Maple Syrup. Topped with Water Street Brewery Oktoberfest Beer Candied Bacon.


    So we have a bit of a list but still will have to figure out what else to pick...
     
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    Funnel cake and Waffle dogs are my favorites :) I don't think my doctor would agree however.
     
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    You'd be hard pressed to find a more concentrated heart attack on a stick anywhere in the world. That should make it a pretty special experience. For added fun, test your cholesterol levels before and after eating it... :p
     
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