1. Cool exhibits (butter sculptures, anyone?)
2. Lots of cute animals (newborn baby goats...awww!)
3. Fun rides & games (huge ferris wheel overlooking the ocean=priceless views)
4. FAIR FOOD!
I love 1, 2, and 3, but (not surprisingly) I look forward to 4 the most.
The volume and variety of deep-fried cuisine is kind of overwhelming: fried pickles, fried Pop Tarts, fried Klondike bars, fried s'mores, fried butter. Fried butter?! Yep (didn't try it, but heard it was quite tasty). Your arteries practically start to clog when you enter the fair gates.
If that's not enough to get you going, you could always snag some chocolate-covered bacon or a zucchini weenie (a hot dog stuffed into a whole hollowed out zucchini, then battered and fried like a corn dog). Tempting, no?
But one of my favorite fair foods is the classic giant turkey leg. Given the large selection of indulgent treats, however, I wasn't completely sold...until I caught a whiff of the grill. My nose led me straight to the medieval-looking meats, all in a golden brown row.
Smoky, crispy, tender. Alongside a basket of fried zucchini strips, which were coated in a light, tempura-like batter (and served with thee fair condiment, ranch dressing)? Deeeeelicious.
This year's fair fare definitely met my greatest expectations. It was greasy. It was gluttonous. It was good!