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50 Things You’ll Only See at the State Fair

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Nothing says all-American summer fun more than a trip to a state fair.  You may go because you love the games and rides or because you love the kitsch of the sideshows and tractor pulls. Maybe you go for the deep fried pickles on a stick or funnel cake. Maybe your favorite band is playing (because Carly Rae Jepsen and The Wanted are TOTALLY playing the Iowa State Fair on August 17th, you guys). It doesn’t matter why you go, it’s just quite an experience.

It’s also a great place for kids to see and learn tons of new things. I mean, where else would your tykes get to taste deep-fried Kool-Aid and see monkeys racing on dogs (yes, I’m serious.) I’ve been to state fairs in New Jersey, Alabama and West Virginia, and each one had great food, animals of all kinds, crafts, rides, exhibits, contests, entertainment, carnival games (that I never, ever win), and tons of stuff to learn about the history, artisans, economy and agriculture of the state.

If you want to check one out, this link provides a ton of information about the state fairs in all 50 states for summer and fall 2013. And just in case you’re curious about exactly what you would see on your visit, here are 50 things you’ll only see at the state fair. Brace yourself.

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Mind-blowing sand castles

Some state fairs have contests like sand castle (or more accurately sand sculpture) building. Isn't this one at the Colorado State Fair amazing?

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One thought on “50 Things You’ll Only See at the State Fair

  1. dadcamp says:

    Hey Julie, not everyone gets ‘a side of diabetes’ from eating deep fried Kool Aid. Many people are born with it.

    The sugar=diabetes thing is very old school thinking.

    Yes, diabetes can be gained from a poor diet and exercise, but to crack a joke on a disease people are born with is played.

    Better idea? Join Team Diabetes, raise money and awareness and help find a cure.

    http://www.teamdiabetes.ca

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