Yes, we have been to the Illinois State Fair, and it’s a huge spectacle of agriculture, country culture and of course, some of the craziest state fair foods you’ve ever seen or tasted. My visit is justified by visiting my Grandma and Uncle Mike in Jacksonville, Illinois, but after witnessing the big fair, I suggest adding it to your Great American Road Trip if you can swing it. It’s great example of life in the corn and soy fields of America’s midwest.
Beginning in 1853, the Illinois State Fair is one of the longest lasting fairs in America, which has given them plenty of time to discover what foods they can fry.
I could show you the big giant tractors, the best in show of pigs, or baby calf pictures, even if cute, none of them will wet your taste buds like deep fried brownies.
We must not forget the most famous event at the Illinois State Fair, the life-size butter cow. An entire cow sculpted of butter. I am not really sure of the significance of this, except that it’s representative of the dairy farming.
The most iconic and popular fair food in America is the Corn Dog. The Cozy Dog Drive-in, in Springfield, Illinois, claims to have been the first to serve corn dogs on sticks, on June 16, 1946.
You might end up with a heart attack after experimenting with all the foods, but you will definitively get a taste of America’s midwest state fair food.
I think everyone loves bacon stuff, and this vender hut had it all. How about some chocolate covered fried bacon with sprinkles?