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I've always heard that fair food is some of the best food you can eat well, the Indiana State Fair has started here in Indianapolis and I can't wait to attend and enjoy all that good fair food.
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  1. The Iowa State Fair starts today. In the past I would go out and get some Cajun Chicken, fried cheese curds, pork chop on a stick, grater taters, and wash it all down with a nice Millstream from Amana. Anymore I'm thinkin, is that worth the 40 bucks it will cost me? Not really.

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    1. re: Bobfrmia

      I hear the Iowa State Fair is a Great State Fair, the best state fair in its state. :)

      At the MN state fair, I'll look for whatever's "new" on a stick. Last year, I think I had walleye on a stick. I also liked the toasted chocolate sandwiches. Yum.

      ~TDQ

      1. re: The Dairy Queen

        It is the ONLY state fair to have a movie titled for it, about it, or something. It's just getting to expensive for what you get. I love the Cajun chicken on a stick. But a couple bites for 6 bucks? Maybe I'm cheap but it just seems like to much. Now I have to quit thinking about it or I'll have to go.

        1. re: Bobfrmia

          I thought that movie was about Texas. :)

          1. re: Bobfrmia

            Yes, the lyric "Our state fair is a great state fair, the best state fair in our state" is from the movie, imaginatively called "State Fair" about the Iowa State Fair. Some of the old props from that movie reside at the MN state fair. :)

            This year, we hear MN state fair is going to have "hot dish on a stick."

            Here's a link to the "Food finder"--eight days and cow-nting!

            http://www.mnstatefair.org/pages/food...

            Try searching the on-a-stick category (I see spaghetti and meatballs on a stick is back). Hilarious!

            ~TDQ

      2. Evan Bayh attended the Iowa State fair today. He commented that the thing he noticed about the Iowa fair is that they serve beer. Something the Indiana fair doesn't do. He hopes to bring that info back as a way to improve the Indiana fair.
        If he really does, and gets it done, you're welcome.
        How can you eat fair food without beer? Deep fried anything requires beer.

        1. Wisconsin State Fair Rocks! Brat, Beer Cheese Curds & Creampuffs!!!

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          1. re: torta basilica

            I had some of all of those this year. I also had potato pancakes & Polish sausage from the Polish restaurant (delicious), roast corn on the cob (probably my 45th consecutive year of this item), ostrich burgers, and batter-dipped deep-fried Oreos (NOT destined to become a life-long favourite, but at least I can say I tried one). Lots of samples of summer sausage, soups, dips, fudge, bison, goat cheese, honey, maple, cranberries. It was a great fair this year!

          2. Indiana, Iowa and Minnesota all have great state fairs. I've been to the Indiana and Minnesota state fairs.

            The Minnesota State Fair runs for 10 days and ends on Labor Day--a perfect end for summer. Then the kids go back to school and not before. That might explain, besides being in a metro area of 3 million people, why it is the most attended per day average in up to 1.7 million total in those 10 days.

            Fairs are for pigging out. It can't hurt once a year can it?

            1. I'll represent Ohio on this one - something I'm really upset about not attending is this years Clinton County Corn Festival in Wilmington, OH. The best roasted corn I've ever had.

              http://www.clintoncountyohio.com/cgi-...