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Top Ten Tuesday: Best US State Fairgounds

Rekindle an old love affair this summer.  Whether your heart desires bumper cars and funnel cakes or more contemporary entertainment and cuisine, it all awaits you at the State Fair.
Corn Dogs and Carnival Rides

Corn Dogs and Carnival Rides..what State Fair dreams are made of!

Revisit your childhood and wax nostalgic over memories to recreate with your family.  Here’s some highlights and can’t-miss fun from the hottest summer fairs in the US:
Chocolate covered bacon with caramel

Chocolate covered bacon, please!

California State Fair, Sacramento, July 12-28 ~ Neverland Ranch rides, Flume and new Vertigo; try La Super Costilla {slow-smoked two pound Beef Ribs}; chocolate-covered bacon; wine tasting and slushies; LeeAnn Rimes and En Vogue!

North Dakota State Fair, Minot, July 19–27~ 20 ft mural painting, bra bedazzling and fair-goers Food Frenzy contests; see stingrays, Bengal Tigers, car races, rodeos and Journey.

 Ohio State Fair, Columbus, July 24 –Aug 4 ~ Camel rides, 144 ft Giant Slide and Sky Glider; roast beef sundaes and deep-fried Buckeyes…on a stick!  Sea Lion Splash; Jeff Dunham and REO Speedwagon.

Illinois State Fair, Springfield,  August 8-18 ~ 100 midway rides; nitrogen-frozen ice cream; daily-themed music including beer-tent bands; jazz, swing and blues musicians; Journey and John Mayer.

Iowa State Fair, Des Moines, August 8-18 ~ Double Ferris Wheel; shrimp corndogs and fried butter; 48 contests from mullets to mutton-busting; 600 pound butter cow {no toast allowed!}.

Minnesota State Fair, St. Paul, Aug 22–Sept 2 ~ New gourmet offerings include candied bacon cannoli, lobster mac-n-cheese and English toffee fudge puppies; new rides Air Raid and Riptide; Adventure Park; Tim McGraw and Smash Mouth.

Wisconsin State Fair, West Allis, August 1–11 ~ First Annual Sporkies unique fair food entries, including Thanksgiving Waffles and deep-fried pb and bacon nuggets with jelly; 70+ new-for-2013 creations; 100 choices on a stick {spaghetti and meatballs, anyone?} and 36 gluten-free options. Plus, Heart and Miranda Lambert!

Popcorn Balls

How big is the largest popcorn ball?

Indiana State Fair, Indianapolis, August 2–18 ~ New KiddieLand midway; world’s largest popcorn ball; 8,000 sq ft interactive animation show; drink lemon shake-ups: Styx.

New York State Fair, Syracuse, Aug 22–Sept 2 ~ World-famous sausage sammie and long john donut hot dog with maple syrup dipper; sculpting with logs, cheese, butter and 180 tons of sand; Lynyrd Skynyrd, Reba, and Toby Keith.

Oregon State Fair, Salem, Aug 23–Sept 2 ~ Drink (or eat?) deep-fried Pepsi; visit Familyville, Artisan Village and Pairings; Loverboy and Martina McBridge.

There’s nothing quite like spending a summer afternoon at the State Fair. Have you been to one of our top picks? And if not, which ones should we add to the list?

By Alyson Sickels


Tags: family fun, summer fun


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