The back-to-school signs are everywhere with moms and kids shopping for new clothes, binders, mechanical pencils and that oh so cool backpack. But before that first bell kicks off another year of academia, there’s one great finale to the summer that you can’t miss; the Iowa State Fair!
Of course we all love the vendors, fantastic shows and great rides, but there’s another primary draw to the State Fair that keeps people coming back year after year. That pull comes from the massive array of tasty and unique fried, battered and baked concoctions of deliciousness that fill the streets and buildings of the fair grounds.
This year fair-goers will have the chance to be treated to some exciting new corndogs, funnel cakes and other yummy treats on a stick. So lets check out some of the featured delicacies new to this year’s fair.
Oh that slightly sweet and salty blend of batter and meat covered in catsup and mustard has us all enthralled at the fair. This August, you get to sample a new twist on this treat.
Shrimp Corndog: The Po’ Boy stand is featuring a corndog stuffed with shrimp and topped with a sweet jalapeño sauce.
Sweet Corn Dog: Campbell’s Concession will be highlighting an Iowa staple with their sweet corn-battered hot dog on a stick.
Every year concession stands offer new funnel cake flavors and this time around, Westmoreland and The Best Around Concessions have kicked it up a notch with their unique flavors.
Strawberry and Caramel Apple: Westmoreland is offering some fruity spins on the fair’s favorite cakes with their Strawberry and Caramel
Apple funnel cakes.
Maple Bacon: The Best Around Concessions is combining sweet and salty flavors with their maple bacon funnel cake.
Treats on a Stick
There is an ongoing contest between fair concessions stands to see who can come up with the next best or crazy concoction on a stick. You’ve got to the new treat on a stick releases of Fair 2013!
Deep Fried Brownie: Fyfe Concessions is debuting their chocolate brownie batter-fried and covered in chocolate sauce with a dusting of powder sugar on top.
Soft Salted Chocolate-Dipped Almond Pretzel: A soft pretzel drenched in chocolate and sprinkled with slivered almonds and coarse salt. This delicacy is located at the Old Fashioned Root Beer & Pretzel stand.
Smoothie on a Stick: For those of you looking for a sweet and cool treat on a warm fair day, check out Turkey Time Concession’s frozen strawberry smoothies stuck on a stick.
The fair runs from August 8-18th this year and is an experience that is friendly for the whole family, a date or for a group of friends. So grab a loved one or a friend, eat some amazing food and make some lasting memories at the fair that has been delighting generations since 1854.