Man o man I love the Indiana state fair, with the pork tenderloins and the smoked chops, and grilled steak out of the cattlemans. The grilled sweet corn dipped in butter. ahhhhh fair time!!
But after reading this thread, man I want to move to another state,
those chile relleno corn dawg, tater tot hot dish on a stick with creamy Mushroom dipping sauce sound awesome.
Century Industries are here in Indiana, they are one of the top producers of carnie food trailers and mobile kitchens, in the US. I have a good friend who owns PoorJack Amusements, and all his food trailers are Century’s
It was a very educational day for me. It started when I went by a local social club that was having a Pig Roast. There was a HUGE cylinder on wheels that was holding a whole hog that was spinning around. It used to be a milk storage container. I talked to the owner, and it gave me some ideas as to how I would approach my future concept of doing a roadside Q operation.
Later in the day, I went back to eat and it was strange, as there was no other foods that I would associate with BBQ. There was oven roasted chicken legs, oven roasted diced potatoes, sausage and peppers, penne in tomato sauce. It was closer to a New England pot-luck. Hmmm, where were the beans, potato salad, slaw and especially …BBQ sauce?
Still, I sated my appetite and decided to check out the county fair nearby. Figured that I would see what foods were available and finish the evening with something sweet.
The regular food booths had nothing really special. There wasn’t even a corn-dog to be found.
But I came looking for dessert and after walking around went for a funnel cake. Figured that it was about time that I had this famous fried concoction. It was fresh from the fryer and tasted good.
I also had the fresh squeezed lemonade that was prepared as you watched the guy squeeze a lemon and then add some water that I assumed to be mixed with simple syrup. It was the most tasteless drink I have ever had and eventually threw it out.
But it was at the 4H and local livestock booths where I finished my wandering about. All the animals looked delicious!
It was when I saw the pig, which was a large specimen of porcine genetics that I had to say…"I had your cousin and it was fork tender."
Joanie, the Md state fair can be a lot of fun. Last year we got to milk a cow, Ava loved that. We sam some sheep born and a bunch of other farm critters.
The food was decent fair food, I tried a fried snickers for the 1st and last time.
Go. You’ll like it.
Looking at this thread, the stray thought struck– Where the heck do the carnies buy those portable kitchen trailers? Somewhere there must be a showroom and a factory and a glossy catalogue.
i diet for a week before the new mexico state fair
opens because i am addicted to the chile relleno corn dogs..
they are soo hot, so good, and soooo bad for you.
it’s always fascinating to go to the indian pueblo
village to watch the artists make jewlery and paint
the 6 foot pots that are placed around the city after the fair.
i love watching the mexican folk dancers in their
beautiful dresses..and even enjoy the vendors selling the chop o matics
and the waterless cookware. going to a fair is always an event.
Here in MA, the Marshfield Fair just opened today. I’ve gone with the family a couple of times over the years, but I usually find it too hot this time of year to enjoy it.
Coming up at the end of September, beginning of October is the Topsfield Fair, which we try to attend every year. My kids like the midway, of course, but we always drag them to the exhibits first. The prize winning pumpkin is always fun, and last year we liked the bee exhibit. The kids got to make beeswax candles. I also like seeing the Clydesdales, and that competition with the horses and wagons (the correct term escapes me, but I know several people here know what I mean). Also the sand sculptures.
There’s usually a stand selling apple cider donuts, and it’s almost always off in some obscure corner where not many people find it. But when you do, it’s pure heaven, as you can usually get them fresh and HOT, which is great on a chilly October night.
The Minnesota State Fair starts this coming Thursday and go for 10 days until Labor Day. It is a big event and will draw over 1.5 million people. Of course, all kinds of food comes on a stick. Here is a Minnesota State Fair food finder web page. Enjoy.
This is the best: [;)]
Ole and Lena’s
Offering: NEW THIS YEAR: Tater tot hot dish on-a-stick, served with a creamy mushroom dipping sauce, Uff Da treat (a whip-cream filled krumkake topped with caramel sauce and butter-roasted pecans)
There’s still four great fairs coming up here in Michigan, the four fairs are the Michigan State Fair, the Allegan County Fair, the St. Joseph County Grange Fair and the Hillsdale County Fair! My favorite for food, is the St. Joseph County Grange Fair in Centerville, Michigan. I love the homemade bean soup at the Kiwanis booth and also the Bar-b-cue chicken!
Here’s links to all four fairs.
I try to go to the NY state fair in Syracuse when I can. Always something good to eat around the next bend in the midway. Lots of animal exhibits and shows. The sand sculpture is always a treat to see. And I almost forgot, the dairy building, where you can get fresh cold milk(regular and chocolate) for a mere 25 cents,and then walk over to the butter sculture in its refridgerated case,which grosses my daughter out for some reason.
I have not missed the Wisconsin State Fair in 27 years.I always buy these great spices(no salt)there and always enjoy the deep fried jalapeno cheddar cheese.I am not a fan of our famous cream puffs but people wait for 30 minutes or more to buy them.I also just love all the animals….
That is, a hot dog topped with baked beans. On a grilled split roll, of course. [:p]
Thinking about attending the MD State Fair for the first time this summer…any thoughts about what’s good there, etc? Food/rides/good stuff for young kids…you get the idea. Thanks much!
Mentioning the Fryeburg Fair brings back old memories. Cool, early Autumn evenings when the mosquitos and black flies are finally down, but the farm ladies in their best gingham are still covered with bites up and down their arms. First place I ever saw harness racing (with the jockey riding in a sulky). Loved the horse and ox pulls. Maine being lumber country the big events were woodcutter competitions.
Also the first place I ever ate a hot dog with baked beans. [:D]
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