Fair Fare

Posted By: Ann Richards · 8/16/2012 2:30:00 PM

 To some, the state fair represents High School Marching Band Contests.  For others, it’s about the midway or the animals.  To the masses it’s about the food … fair food … taffy … rib eye sandwiches … corn on the cob … cotton candy … and fried anything.  With that in mind, I wanted to do something this year that I’ve never done before.  I wanted to taste just about everything, but I didn’t want to end up breaking the scales after doing it. 

So, I decided to go to the fair with groups of people willing to share. 

Now, I will never have to try a giant turkey leg, a fried Twinkie, or a funnel cake again.  I know, some of you are going to ask, “Why wouldn’t you want to have a giant turkey leg again?”  It has 1,136 calories on the bone.  And … honestly … I didn’t like it.  It doesn’t look real.  The one we received looked more like a giant sized toy turkey leg.  And, there are fewer calories in a funnel cake (760 calories) … liked that.  Okay that’s comparing protein calories to fat/carb calories.  And, when going to the fair, it’s more fun to forget counting calories for the day. 

By the way, there are only 220 calories in a bag of cotton candy.  Isn’t that amazing?  The fried twinkie fills you with 420 calories.  I had just one bite of that.  A corn dog offers up 375 calories. 

The two things that I tasted at the State Fair that I would get again … were the corn on the cob … and … the barbecued pulled pork from the Shoup’s Barbecue folks who were serving samples in order to sell their seasonings and sauce.  In fact, I’m going to try to reproduce the pulled pork this weekend at home. 

However, the thing that I really enjoyed about going to the Indiana State Fair this year was the people I went with.  And, going to the fair with two different groups of people was like visiting two different events.  With the first group I was able to see what was inside buildings, and enjoy Pioneer Village with its’ various musical shows.  With group number two, we enjoyed the animals and the midway.  I even won a fish … which … I didn’t mean to do … because … that inevitably leads to a fish funeral.  I watched a four-year-old win a prize throwing three darts and breaking three balloons.  Really … it was like watching Olympic dart throwing … if that ever becomes an event at the Olympics, he’ll get the gold.  Oh, by the way, the four-year-old high fived me on winning the fish for him. 

So, next year I won’t need to taste all the fair food.  However, something I will do again is to attend the fair with different groups of people.  Don’t get me wrong, I’ll go back with the same two groups I went with this year.  First, because I enjoy being with these people, but also, because going with folks who are interested in different aspects of the fair allows me to experience not just the food … but … the whole fair.  And that is totally fun.

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