Food Memory: State Fair Togetherness


It isn’t always better because it’s deep-fried, but the state fair in a Southern state is always going to try to deep-fry whatever you throw at them. I don’t actually enjoy these foods objectively (that day, we ate the fried nutella, which was just a warm version of a chocolate croissant in the end), not more than other foods or the foods themselves minus the puffy brown batter, but I feel like there is something unique to Southern families, a kind of anticipation. This anticipation has us buy lumps of indiscriminate dough and look at each other, forks poised. We think that someone will back out, will say “this is going to kill our arteries.” But this game of chicken ends and we try the food, and our mouths are full of richness so thorough that you should never eat it, but if you are going to eat it, you should definitely share it with someone else whose eyes are just as full of glee and rebellion as yours are.

8 comments on “Food Memory: State Fair Togetherness

  1. mikekeskeys says:

    Great article, there’s just something special about that carnival food. It’s in no way good for you, but it’s so good, and just to have one or two things like once a year during carnival season it’s one of the best things in life.

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  2. Oh, I love this! I remember one of my last times with one of my best friends from childhood (last time because I ended up moving on with a family) we were at Texas State Fair and dared each other that year over fried bubble gum. Warm Memories!

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  3. Jon says:

    Good article! Carnivals always had the most fattening food, but they were SO good.

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  4. Patrick says:

    As Jase Robertson says, “There’s only two food groups: fried, and deep fried.” I’m reminded of two Summers ago, at the Cuyahoga County fair, my son and I helped each other finish off orders of deep fried veggies and deep fried dill pickles.

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  5. prior.. says:

    Glee and rebellion – ahhh – nice memory share and nothing like a fried food out – always tastes better than home 🏡

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  6. yeah its ok to have a treat once in a while

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  7. cntry17566 says:

    I go to the local fair once a year (it come complete with livestock, pies, jam and jelly, and tractor pulls), I always get an Elephant Ear- a deep fried hunk of golden batter smothered in butter and cinnamon sugar…

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  8. Fried lemonade and sweet tea?! How do they manage that?

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