I grew up going to the Rock County 4H Fair each summer. As a child I wanted to eat cheese curds and eclairs. I wanted to watch the ducklings go down the slide into the water. I wanted to ride the Tilt-A-Whirl and the Scrambler. As a pre-teen, I wanted the "Moonlight Madness" wristband to go on the rides endlessly with my friends. The fair was where I saw Tiffany in concert.
The Wisconsin State Fair sets the bar really high for state fairs. I remember going to the Indiana State Fair as an adult and being saddened by the fact that it was a dry event and there was not an adult beverage to be had. The Colorado State Fair is two hours away in Pueblo. I realize my state fair experience is limited to these three, so I'm going to claim that of state fairs that I have visited, Wisconsin's is the best.
Food on a stick is the theme at all fairs these days.
Food vendors ask themselves these questions:
Will people eat it?
Can I fry it?
Can I put it on a stick?
If the answers are all yes, you have a new fun fair food.
Some of the items we tried at the Wisconsin State Fair included: root beer flavored milk (it is Wisconsin after all), crab cakes on a stick, fried stuffing balls on a stick, pot stickers on a stick, potato pancakes - NOT on a stick, fried cheese curds, beer floats, Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy and Berry Weiss, fried bacon, the Fat Elvis (deep fried peanut butter cup in a banana coating with bacon on top) and a pulled pork sandwich inside a Bismark.
What is your favorite fair food?