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State Fair Foods:
The Best Part of a Fair?
Article and photos by Eric H.
Is it just me, or are the food vendors the best part of a state fair? That is the question I have always pondered when attending local seasonal New England fairs like The Big E and Topsfield Fair.
Don't get me wrong, the unique entertaininment and educational elements of a regional fair stand out as the reasons we go. It's just that the overwhelmingly delicious aromas and sightings of onion blooms, mini donuts, deep fried Oreos, corn dogs, eclairs, whoopie pies, hand-stuffed cannolis, fried dough, cream puffs, burgers and fries, and cheese nachos almost always result in that proverbial unforgettable "first impression" at a fair for me.
Ironically, I spend very little time eating these delicious fair comfort foods, usually choosing one or two items and then proceeding to enjoy exhibitions, exhibits, parades, contests, arcades and rides. After all, those myriad attractions are the reason why we attend state fairs, isn't it?
OK, don't answer that question!
Food vendor scenes from the Topsfield Fair in Topsfield MA...
Big E Cream Puff and elcair from The Big E in West Springfield, MA...
Photo, courtesy of Big E Media Department
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