It’s Blue Ribbon Time

This is the time of year where it’s corn dogs, turkey legs and funnel cakes. No, it is not my summer cookout menu, it is the fare at the fairs every summer. It is a fabulous reason to visit a fair just to sample it.

I liken fair food to a major day of binge eating. I mean seriously, if you thought about it would you really eat pizza, corn dogs, custard, kettle corn, snow cones and funnel cake and then ride on a tilt a whirl. If I asked if you would ever do that under normal circumstances, I am sure your answer would be no. But something happens to us when we get on the fairgrounds; we go crazy and eat everything we see with very few exceptions. Up and down every aisle, all through the midway and in and out of every building, we eat our way through the fair.

Fairs are also a great family way to spend the day or night because they feature lots of fabulous activities for young and old; games, exhibits, rides, entertainment and competitions. Some fairgrounds have race tracks for cars and motorcross, some have rodeo grounds while others have horse tracks. My personal favorite fair activity besides eating, is the food competitions (no element of surprise there, lol). Pie baking, jam and jelly making, floral arrangements, children’s artwork as well as beauty pageant, tractor pulls and so much more are only a small part of the overall package of contests.

Fairs are a little slice of Americana. It’s a looking glass into a simpler time and place in our history when people from all over would come to celebrate the bounty of the region. Also it is a chance to carry home the honor of a blue ribbon to boast for the whole next year.

This year, the country is deep in a drought and suffering through high unemployment.  Farms and farmers are experiencing as rough a time as anyone. However fairs continue to take place, as they have for well over 100 years, to keep our precious traditions alive. Over all of those years, fairs have survived both good and bad times, war and peace, feast and famine. If you have a chance this week, try to find a fair in your backyard if none of the ones on this list are in your area. And remember all food at the fair is worth eating; just don’t eat ALL the food at the fair.

Wisconsin State Fair

Aug 02, 2012 – Aug 12, 2012

Wisconsin State Fair Park West Allis, WI US 53214

Since 1851, a once a year celebration of the riches of the state featuring agriculture and livestock exhibits and competitions, a wide variety of food items for sale along with crafts and commemorative items. Fun and entertaining things for the whole family to do and see such as live entertainment on multiple stages, attractions, a large and extensive midway including rides and merchandise for sale.
801,000 Attendees

New Jersey State Fair ( Sussex County Farm and Horse Show )

Aug 03, 2012 – Aug 12, 2012

Sussex County Fairgrounds Augusta, NJ US 07822

This ten day event features agricultural events and education, animals, exhibits, horse shows, carnival, petting zoo, shopping, craft tent, flower and vegetable shows, art, photography, 4-H, chainsaw artist and auction, fair food, free entertainment and MUCH MORE.
150,000 Attendees

Clark County Fair

Aug 03, 2012 – Aug 12, 2012

Clark County Fairgrounds Ridgefield, WA US 98642

Since 1869, family entertainment including 4-H and FFA displays, animals, a carnival, national entertainment, games, food and more.
285,000+ Attendees

Jackson County Fair

Aug 05, 2012 – Aug 11, 2012

Jackson County Fairgrounds Jackson, MI US 49201

Since 1854, features fun for the entire family including children’s activities, entertainment, music, rides, commercial vendors selling their wares, a wide variety of food and attractions.
245,000 Attendees

Cuyahoga County Fair

Aug 06, 2012 – Aug 12, 2012

Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds Berea, OH US 44017

Since 1896, features fun for the entire family including children’s activities, entertainment, music, rides, commercial vendors selling their wares, a wide variety of food and attractions.
172,000+ Attendees

Sioux Empire Fair

Aug 07, 2012 – Aug 12, 2012

W.H. Lyons Fairgrounds Sioux Falls, SD US 57107

Since 1940, features fun for the entire family including children’s activities, a variety of exhibits including flowers, horticulture, crafts, livestock competitions and exhibits, 4-H exhibits and activities, grandstand entertainment, a huge carnival midway, a variety of food vendors and concerts in the grandstand.
250,000+ Attendees

Indiana State Fair

Aug 03, 2012 – Aug 19, 2012

Indiana State Fairgrounds Indianapolis, IN US 46205

Features fun for the entire family including a large variety of food vendors, midway rides, livestock competitions and exhibits, commercial exhibitors selling their wares, musical entertainment featuring top names performers.
754,000+ Attendees

Erie County Fair and Exposition

Aug 08, 2012 – Aug 19, 2012

Hamburg-Erie County Fairgrounds Hamburg, NY US 14075

Since 1840, features fun for the entire family including children’s activities, entertainment, music, rides, livestock competitions, and exhibits, horse show, commercial vendors selling their wares, a wide variety of exhibits, food and attractions.
1,000,000+ Attendees

Iowa State Fair

Aug 09, 2012 – Aug 19, 2012

Iowa State Fairgrounds Des Moines, IA US 50317

Since 1859, one of the oldest and largest state fairs in the country features fun for the entire family including children’s activities, commercial vendors selling their wares, a wide variety of food, headliner grandstand shows, spectacular free entertainment, thrilling competitions, 10+ acre carnival and campgrounds.
1,000,000+ Attendees

Missouri State Fair

Aug 09, 2012 – Aug 19, 2012

Missouri State Fairgrounds Sedalia, MO US 65301

Since 1903, features fun for the entire family including a large variety of food vendors, midway rides, vendors, musical entertainment featuring top names performers, livestock, bullriding, rodeo, tractorpull and more.
345,000+ Attendees

State Fair of West Virginia

Aug 10, 2012 – Aug 18, 2012

State Fair of West Virginia Fairgrounds Fairlea, WV US 24902

Since 1925, a once a year celebration of the riches of the state featuring agriculture and livestock exhibits and competitions, a wide variety of food items for sale along with crafts and commemorative items. Fun and entertaining things for the whole family to do and see such as live entertainment on multiple stages, attractions, a large and extensive midway including rides and merchandise for sale.
200,000 Attendees

Illinois State Fair

Aug 09, 2012 – Aug 19, 2012

Illinois State Fairgrounds Springfield, IL US 62702

Since 1853, the fair hosts one of the country’s finest state sponsored standard breeding and racing programs. Features fun for the entire family including children’s activities, commerical vendors selling their wares, top name entertainment each evening, plus USAC auto racing, a drum and bugle competition, tractor pulls, midway rides and a large variety of food and more.
1,162,000 Attendees

MontanaFair

Aug 10, 2012 – Aug 18, 2012

MetraPark Arena at MetraPark and Expo Center Billings, MT US 59103

Since 1919, this fair features fun for the entire family including 3 nights of rodeo and 6 concerts in the 10,000 seat indoor arena, children’s activities, entertainment, music, rides, commercial vendors and a wide variety of food and attractions. The focus remains on agriculture, competitive exhibits and youth program.
232,000+ Attendees

Wyoming State Fair

Aug 11, 2012 – Aug 18, 2012

Wyoming State Fairgrounds Douglas, WY US 82631

Fair with emphasis on Wyoming and its many attributes, agricultural displays, educational information, rides, games, food and fun.
44,000+ Attendees

Maria can be reached directly at eventsblog@eventcrazy.com or visit her website at www.eventcrazy.com
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