You Cannot Miss these 7 State Fairs

It’s time to dust off your hat and polish your work boots, these state fairs will take you back to the land.

State fairs are delightful events designed to showcase a state’s products, people and accomplishments. They are spectacular reminders of the glue that holds communities together so get out and enjoy the sights, sounds, and foods that only a fair can offer.

Kentucky State Fair

The Kentucky State Fair is one of the most famous state fairs – so famous in fact that they’ve pulled in a lot of pretty well-known musical acts through the years. Held in Louisville, Kentucky, the fair is over 200 years old. Established in 1816, it’s considered a benchmark for classic exhibition style attractions like the Kentucky State Fair World’s Championship Horse Show. A prestigious event with competitors from all over the world compete for ribbons and trophies which, if won, ensure lifelong notoriety.

Ohio State Fair

The Ohio State Fair is one of the largest in America with 982,305 attendants in 2015 alone. In fact, the fair is so big that it has its own choir - the All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir. The whole family will enjoy the Ohio fair with its many traditions, like giant statues greeting attendees by name and the unique and wonderful Ohio State Butter Sculpture display. There’s even an Ohio State Fair Hall of Fame recognizing those who have made the Ohio State Fair the great event that it is today.

The Big E

Of course, we can’t mention state fairs without highlighting The Big E: the Eastern States Exposition otherwise known as “New England’s Great State Fair” held in Springfield Massachusetts. The Big E is inclusive of the New England states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. Deserving of its name, the Big E is the largest agricultural event on the eastern seaboard and it was designed to promote knowledge and practices in order to encourage young people to enter agricultural vocations. The most popular attraction is the Avenue of the States: a small road featuring replicas of all six state houses which contain exhibits of each state’s heritage and unique products.

New York State Fair

New Yorkers always like to show a little pizzazz and when it comes to the New York State Fair in Syracuse, there’s no substitute. Aside from the traditional fair attractions and agricultural competitions, the New York State Fair also features a showcase of some of the latest technologies. Although this fair attracts a fraction of the attendees that the Kentucky State Fair does, it still manages to draw big names when it comes to entertainment.

Wisconsin State Fair

Feeling a little cheesy these days? Then you better head over to the Wisconsin State Fair. Known for its food concessions, this foodie’s paradise offers over 200 vendors. “Food on the stick” options make it easy to wander around noshing on mouth-watering combinations like Bacon and Cream Cheese On-a-Stick (deep fried), Exotic Meat Combo On-a-Stick and Spaghetti and Meatballs On-a-stick. In fact, the Wisconsin State Fair has a full array of breakfast options for those who are willing to commit to sampling all the offerings of breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Minnesota State Fair

Not the first, not the last, but definitely the biggest, the Minnesota State Fair does not disappoint. This fair has it all: a River Raft Ride, Adventure Park, Alphabet Forrest, horse shows, parades and “Lasertainment”. If this isn’t enough to stimulate the senses, the Miracle of Birth Center cannot be matched. A one-of-a-kind exhibition, the center which is fully staffed by Veterinarians showcases live births, newborns and of course, the importance of animals to the American economy and way of life.

State Fair of Texas

Texas is all about “go big or go home”. Otherwise known as “Big Tex”, when the State Fair of Texas began, it ran at a loss for over 30 years. Its directors believed in it so much they continued to build better and bigger expositions until there was an auditorium, music hall, racetrack and stadium. These days, the fairgrounds run all year round with college football, shopping, auto shows and more. A major highlight of the State Fair of Texas is the Chili, BBQ and Dutch Oven Cook Off held the Sunday before opening day. Entrant are encouraged to go all out in the “No Rules” Chili Cook Off where the winner takes home a Big Tex Trophy.



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