Stuff You Get to See at State Fairs

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State Fairs

Fall is coming and it is time for state fairs, regional fairs, and county fairs. No matter where you live, you can visit some fairs. Although all fairs have their own "special flare," all state fairs also have certain things in common.

So get ready for the excitement, the smells, and the adventure of the state fair in this hub! You can check out all of the amazing awesomeness that you will only see at fairs. Even if you don't have the time or money to visit a fair this summer or fall, you can pretend you did just by visiting this page.

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Livestock

Oh, there will be livestock. I don't care where you live, there will be animals. I live in Maryland, which is a state that has something for everyone - cities, suburbs, high crime areas, etc. Believe it or not, we have farms, too. Apparently, we have a lot more farms than I ever imagined, or at least that is what I have to believe based on all the livestock I see each year at the state fair.

A lot of people spend a great deal of time, money, and energy on their livestock, and they love to show off cows, pigs, goats, ducks, chickens, horses, and more. You really can't blame them since there are not too many opportunities in life to let the world see livestock, so make sure to check out some prize-winning animals because it means a lot to them. Just beware of the smell and be careful where you walk! If you are lucky, you might even get to pet some critters and watch some pig races at a state fair.

Celebrities... Sort Of

People will come out of the woodwork for state fairs, and this even includes celebrities... even if not major celebrities. You might just see a local celebrity on the Tilt-a-Whirl while you are riding it. Or maybe the celebrity is actually scheduled to appear at the fair and you can ask for an autograph. There is also the possibility that a "celebrity" such as Twinkie the Kid or the GEICO Gecko might show up. Sure, they are shamelessly promoting their brand, but who cares? It is fun to pose in a photo with them anyway.

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Interesting Characters

You will see the most interesting people at the state fair, and I am not talking about the local celebrities either. I am talking about the folks that obviously do not get out much. They are amazed at the rides, no matter how unimpressive they are, and they are excited for the enormous variety of junk food. They might even try to eat something from every single food vendor at the fair!

At any state fair, you will see every kind of family you've ever imagined seeing. You can see the couple with the newborn baby that probably does not need to be out in the sun that much. You can also see the family with 11 children running about. Let's not forget the arguing family that apparently hates each other, but puts aside their differences for a few hours to attend the fair together. It is just a shame they can't get along once they hit that 3 hour mark. You can see it all at the fair!

Deep Fried Milky Way

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Deep Fried Food

I am not sure how or why this happened, but Americans are getting even more disgusting with an amazing variety of deep fried foods. You can find deep fried foods at boardwalks, festivals, amusement parks, and especially county and state fairs. I am not just talking about corn dogs either. Oh, no... it is getting out of hand.

If you have not yet experienced the deep fried food phenomena yet, let me give you some examples of deep fried food at the fair:

  • Candy bars
  • Marshmallows
  • Pop Tarts
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Bubble gum
  • Oreo cookies
  • Grilled cheese
  • Cream cheese
  • Twinkies
  • Cupcakes
  • Cookie dough
  • Pickles
  • Beer
  • Soda

While deep fried food can be delicious, I daresay as a nation we may be taking this too far. Basically, anything you can imagine is being deep fried now. I don't even know how you deep fry beer, but yet it is happening!

If you have not eaten a deep fried Twinkie or candy bar, let me tell you, it is both delicious and disgusting at the same time. My taste buds are OK with it, yet it is usually a little too gooey and weird. My stomach has a 50/50 shot of rejecting whatever deep fried item I am eating. I have decided to give up on eating those deep fried treats, but I recommend everyone give it a try at least once. You might simply opt not to go on any rides right after giving it a try.

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Rides

Of course, probably the most important feature at the fair are the rides. Some can be fun and some can be scary, but all are super expensive. If you can get a coupon or some type of all-day ride pass, I highly recommend doing just that. Some rides cost $6 just for one person to ride once.

In my opinion, 6 dollars for one ride is a little too expensive. This is especially the case considering the ride was probably assembled overnight. Maybe I just worry too much, but I would rather take my chances at an amusement park with rides that are sitting in the same spot year after year.

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Games

What can I say about the games at fairs? Basically, I can say they are pretty much impossible to win. At some booths, you might find a really kind person that lets all the little kids win a simple prize, but other than that, it is practically impossible to win at these games.

Sometimes I wonder if really no one wins at the fair and they simply pay a few people to walk around with giant stuffed animals to give everyone the impression that they can win. At least, that is a theory I am working on. I must put further research into this hypothesis; I will let you know after my study is complete.

The Breeders Also Want You to Experience the Fair

State Fair Poll

What do you like best about the fair?

  • The rides
  • The people watching
  • The animals
  • The food
  • The games
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The Fair is Closing Now...

I hope you've enjoyed this fun-filled voyage into the world of the state fair. If you have not had a chance to go to a fair yet, by all means, you should. Fairs only last about a week or two, so don't miss out on your chance.

If you don't have the opportunity to go to a fair, I hope my hub allowed you to take a journey along with me. Just imagine the smells of livestock and fried foods, and it is as if you were there. Enjoy!


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Ours is in two weeks and I can hardly wait. I've been going to it since I was five years old and I love it every year....great people watching.

Love your take on it funny lady!


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

I love the rides and the food at state fairs, Jeannie, especially corn dogs. But I'll take a pass on the deep fried candy bars. Thanks for the sweet deja vu.


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Jeannieinabottle 3 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

billybuc - I never went to the fair as a kid, but live right by the state fair now. I've been a few times now, so it is still interesting to me. People watching at the fair is always the best! Thanks for your comment.

drbj - I am definitely passing on the deep fried candy bars, too. I also got crab soup this time at the fair. I am pretty certain that is a Maryland thing though... I never hear about so many seafood food vendors at other state fairs. We love our crabs! Thanks for checking out my hub.


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Austinstar 3 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

This year in Texas, the fried food of the year is - Turkey dinner! Chopped turkey and stuffing rolled into a ball, dipped in cream corn and rolled in a tasty crumb mixture - fried and served with cranberry sauce! Holy Moley that sounds good.


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Jeannieinabottle 3 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Austinstar, even though I pledged no more deep fried foods, that does sound sooooo good. I've heard the fairs in Texas always have the best fried foods, so I am not surprised to hear about this one. I hope Maryland gets it next year! Thanks for sharing this info.


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randomcreative 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

You've covered all of the important aspects of state fairs! It's always worth going to see the spectacle.


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DeborahNeyens 3 years ago from Iowa

I had a hard time deciding how to vote in your poll. On the one hand, I do love the animals. This year, I bonded with a certain goat at the Iowa State Fair (my husband is concerned that I now am going to adopt said goat, put an underground fence collar on her and try to pass her off as a dog - he thinks the homeowners association may take issue with that). And there is all those different kinds of food on a stick. But in the end, I had to go with people watching.


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Efficient Admin 3 years ago from Charlotte, NC

It's been a while since I was at a State Fair but I still remember the exhibits of the headless woman who was still alive and the biggest horse on the planet (it was a Clydesdale and it stood about 10 feet high).


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Jeannieinabottle 3 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

randomcreative - It usually it is a spectacle. I found out the weekend afternoon crowd is not as "interesting" as the evening crowd. That is good to know for future fairs. Thanks for the comment!

DeborahNeyens - Your goat sounds so nice. Boo to Homeowner's Associations ruin your possibility of adopting a goat. I met an alpaca this year that wanted to be my friend. Having never been friends with an alpaca before, it was interesting to experience. :-) Thanks for sharing your goat experience!

Efficient Admin - Wow, we do not have awesome exhibits like the headless woman. I have to look to the crowd to see strange people, not the displays. Thanks for checking out my hub.


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europewalker 3 years ago

I will be going to the Texas State fair next month. I will try to stay away from the deep fired foods but who knows if I can resist it. Good hub, voted up.


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Jeannieinabottle 3 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

The deep fried food is so hard to resist. Good luck to you and thanks for dropping by my hub.


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Crystal Tatum 3 years ago from Georgia

Well, I'm ready to go to the fair now! The Tilt A Whirl has always been my favorite ride. But I'll stay away from the fried Milky Way (espcially given my fondness for the Tilt A Whirl!


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Jeannieinabottle 3 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Yes, I would agree staying away from the fried Milky Way is in your best interest. ;-) Thanks for your comment!


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Jeannie......I admit, I love the sights, sounds and most definitely the heavenly mixture of food aromas, wafting throughout the grounds!! People watching is a MUST at a Fair.....every kind, size, appearance, attitude......Even those "Total Rip-Off" games are fun! What the heck. Who cares if you throw $20.00 worth of balls for a 2 cent plastic Cupie Doll?! ...or a gold fish that always floats upside down before you get it home!

Somewhere between my teens and becoming a Great Grandmother, I questioned the sanity of going on those RIDES!.....Just watching now, makes my tummy flip!

I enjoy going to as many local & County Fairs as I can.....but I've only been one State Fair.....and that was before you were born! My lips are sealed. LOL...UP+++


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Jeannieinabottle 3 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

It is fun to go to a fair every now and then. I especially enjoy the food. I do tend to prefer amusement parks over fair rides any day. I appreciate a ride that has been sitting in one spot for years vs. the ride set up overnight on wheels. ;-) Thanks for your comment!

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