Fun at the State Fair 2018

More things fried and on a stick than you can imagine. Cakes, quilts, art, fish tanks and livestock competitions. All of these things could only cross paths in one setting…the state fair. New York hosted the first state fair in Syracuse in 1841. It’s the longest running fair in the country. 46 states continue the tradition by showing off their best at the state fair each year. Each fair offers something unique, and even thought provoking, like why did anyone want to start a race where competitors carry a buttered watermelon? Or who wants to be the judge in Utah’s Rotten Sneaker Contest? But that’s why we go, to see and experience the things that only exist once a year at the state fair. 

Fair facts:

  • The 2015 Texas State Fair is the largest ever with 3.5 million visitors over 24 days.
  • The Alaska State Fair is known for its Giant Cabbage Weigh-Off. Scott Robb’s 2012 red cabbage holds the record weighing 138.25 pounds.
  • Sarah Pratt sculpts the famous Butter Cow for the Iowa State Fair. It weighs in at 600 pounds. The butter cow would butter about 19,200 slices of toast.
  • The Kentucky State Fair hosts the World’s Championship Horse Show. More than 2000 horses compete for world champion titles and over $1 million in prize money.
  • The Montana State Fair hosts speed-crafting. Competitors try their hand for the title of “Fastest Crochet Hook in Montana” and “Fastest Needle in Montana.”
    The North Carolina State Fair hosts a tobacco stringing contest.
  • Is food sculpting your passion? The Ohio State Fair hosts a food carving contest. Each competitor is given specific fruits and three hours to make a masterpiece.
  • In 2014, a woman ate one of every single food on a stick at the Minnesota State Fair— totaling 93 skewered treats. She did this to raise awareness for the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
  • One of the main attractions at the Georgia State Fair is the Banana Derby. With a name like that, it could be many things, but it’s actually a touring show of monkeys who race on dogs.
  • Spectators can watch animals being born at the Maryland State Fair’s birthing center. 

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