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Our Can't-Miss Favorites at 15 State Fairs

Across the country, state fairs are popular summer and fall traditions. There’s something for everyone including big name entertainment, carnival rides, almost every food on a stick, and of course hundreds of livestock and agriculture exhibits. Check out our list of one can’t-miss item at the state fair in each of the states we serve.    

Arizona State Fair

In Arizona, deep fried is the name of the (fair) game. Alongside classic favorites, try the more unusual offerings like the deep fried banana split.

Idaho

In Idaho, you have two chances to take part in a state fair.
  • Eastern Idaho State Fair: If you’re visiting the Eastern Idaho State Fair, be sure to check out the Toffee Tumbler. Last year, this tasty treat won the “Fairest of Them All” category in the 5th annual Best Fair Food Awards. This award-winning treat is made up of a sweet dough rolled in butter, cinnamon and sugar and cooked to golden perfection. It’s then topped with toffee bits and served with ice cream and caramel sauce. This sweet treat won’t disappoint.
  • Western Idaho State Fair: Carnival rides are a favorite attraction for many fairgoers. New this year to the Western Idaho State Fair, Aug. 18-27, is the Super Shot Drop Tower. This ride offers riders the thrill of an accelerated freefall over three-and-half times the normal G-forces.

Iowa State Fair

At the Iowa State Fair, the world-famous Butter Cow is something you simply can’t miss. Created out of “low moisture, pure cream Iowa butter,” the 600-pound sculpture has been a tradition and fair favorite since 1911. Additionally, a special companion sculpture has accompanied the Butter Cow since 1996. Past companion sculptures have ranged from Grant Wood’s “American Gothic” to Harry Potter to Star Trek.

Kansas State Fair

If you are a little more adventurous, Moink Balls, a Kansas State Fair favorite, is one item you can’t miss. These meatballs are wrapped in bacon, covered in barbeque sauce, and served on a stick for all the foodies to enjoy. 

Minnesota State Fair

If you’re visiting the Minnesota State Fair this summer, be sure to see the eye-catching Laser Hitz Show. This nightly, colorful laser show is choreographed to a variety of music from classic rock to today’s top hits.  

Montana State Fair

For a taste of Montana tradition, try Vikings. The battered and fried meatballs have been a fair favorite for more than 50 years.

Nebraska State Fair

Creative and sometimes unusual food concoctions are often what makes going to the fair exciting. You never know what you may find. At the Nebraska State Fair you can find delicious mini donuts topped with perhaps unconventional toppings: s’mores, maple bacon, caramel apple pie, etc. 

North Dakota State Fair

State fairs began as a way to promote and display the best agricultural offerings and livestock by highlighting 4-H and FFA exhibits and competitions. The North Dakota State Fair 4-H and FFA exhibits allow fair goers to see the hard work and commitment competitors put forth to compete for the prized blue ribbons. 

New Mexico State Fair

At the New Mexico State Fair, you won’t want to miss out on the New Mexico State Fair Parade. This event has been established as the “biggest parade in the state.”

Oklahoma State Fair

Clydesdale horses are famously known for their beauty and large size. You can see these beautiful horses in the Clydesdale Alley at the Oklahoma State Fair.

South Dakota State Fair

Competitions for fairgoers are a favorite attraction for the wide variety and entertainment. At the South Dakota State Fair, you can showcase your singing skills at the karaoke contest.

Utah State Fair

If you’re an avid fairgoer, you probably have a list of state fair food staples — corndogs, funnel cakes, cheese curds, etc. — but, have you tried a chicken waffle on a stick? Well, your wait is over if you attend the Utah State Fair. The chicken is deep fried, battered and cooked on a waffle iron. You can dip it in your choice of maple syrup or gravy.

Wisconsin State Fair

Making its Wisconsin debut at the Wisconsin State Fair is WonderWheel, North America’s largest traveling Ferris wheel. Standing at 155 feet high and 80 feet wide, this attraction offers fairgoers an opportunity to catch some of the best views of the city. At the top of this ride, you’ll be able to see 10 miles out. The Wisconsin State Fair is one of only three fairs where WonderWheel will be operating in 2017.

Wyoming State Fair & Rodeo

If you like action-packed entertainment, the rodeo at the Wyoming State Fair won’t disappoint. The Wyoming State Fair offers three nights of “high energy rodeo entertainment,” including the Wyoming State Finals Ranch Rodeo on Aug. 20.

Wondering when you can check out these fair favorites? 
2017 State Fair Dates
Arizona State Fair
Oct. 6-Oct. 29

Idaho:
Eastern Idaho State Fair
Sept. 1-9
Western Idaho State Fair
Aug. 18-27

Iowa State Fair
Aug. 10-20

Kansas State Fair
Sept. 8-17

Minnesota State Fair
Aug. 24-Sept. 4

Montana State Fair
July 28-Aug. 5

Nebraska State Fair
Aug. 25-Sept. 4

North Dakota State Fair
July 21-29

New Mexico State Fair
Sept. 7-17

Oklahoma State Fair
Sept. 14-24

South Dakota State Fair
Aug. 31-Sept. 4

Utah State Fair
Sept. 7-17

Wisconsin State Fair
Aug. 3-13

Wyoming State Fair & Rodeo
Aug. 12-19

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