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    Iowa State “Fare”

    August 28th, 2013

    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.

    Corn Dogs

    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.

    Funnel Cakes

    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.

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    Iowa State Fair in 2012

    August 7th, 2012

    Iowa State Fair Butter CowEvery year thousands of people flock to our State Capital of Des Moines for the Iowa State Fair. Last year saw some of the most visitors for the fair ever, topping out just past an estimated 1 million visitors over the course of the fair. Reasons for attending vary quite a bit from person to person as there is a little bit of something for everyone. From checking out art shows and agricultural events, listening to music in the Grandstand or one of the free stages, to eating some food on a stick, or just doing some plain old people watching. There is plenty to keep the entire family entertained.

    Technology and the Iowa State Fair

    For those of us that are undecided on where to start with your visit to the fair this year the Iowa State Fair has a handy itinerary planner. Just click on the day you’re planning on visiting and click on the events you want to attend. Then check out the plan your itinerary page for a full list of everything you’ve picked. You can also click on individual events to see what other days they will be present on. All in all a really great tool for planning out a day at the fair. Now if only they had one to map out all the food to try out! Well, if you have a smartphone, you’re lucky, they do! On your smartphone, just head on over to:

    http://data.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/foodfinder/index.html

    This mobile app will give you information on all the food sold at the fair including where it is on a map of the fairgrounds, nutrition information, and how much physical activity you’ll need to do to burn off the food you’re eating!

    Don’t forget the Iowa State Fair has their own mobile app. This can be found at:

    m.iowastatefair.com

    New Food Items At The Fair

    If there is one thing the fair is best known for, it’s food on a stick.  This year is no exception topping out at 200+ food stands featuring 57 different types of food on sticks.  The new ones for the year include:

    • Nothing Spared Fair Square
    • Gourmet s’moresPeach, apple or cherry crisps
    • Caribbean-style crab fritters
    • German chocolate funnel cakes
    • Carrot cake funnel cakes
    • Blue sapphire funnel cakes
    • Chocolate covered chocolate chip cannolis on-a-stick
    • Chocolate covered chocolate chip cookie dough pops on-a-stick
    • Deep fried pickle “dawgs”
    • Fruit on-a-stick with a yogurt dipping sauce
    • Double Bacon Corn Dog
    • Bacon Wrapped Eggs
    • The Spicy Texan
    If none of those sound good, you can always hit up some of the fair staples such as corn dogs, fried twinkies, or last year’s hit, fried butter on a stick. Check out the Iowa State Fair website for a full list of food.

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    Iowa State Fair

    August 16th, 2011

    This past weekend we had a chance to check out the Iowa State Fair for ourselves and in addition to the AMAZING weather and awesome fried foods there were quite a few fun things that we checked out. We thought we should share our “must-do’s” with you.

    ENTERTAINMENT: Don’t miss the Extreme Canines Show. As seen on Oprah and Leno these dogs do some amazing tricks that will entertain all ages. They run shows throughout the day and the best seats are either in the stands or on the hill on the north side of their setup. Parents beware that they have a lot of things for sale for the kids, but the money does go to animal shelters so at least it’s for a good cause.

    FOOD: We didn’t try the deep-fried butter but we did get our calorie fix with the deep-fried Snickers and Oreo’s. They were amazing. We also had our share of corn dogs, pork chops and turkey legs!

    DRINKS: The Iowa Craft Beer Tent is a great place to stop and sample some local brews. From wheat beers to root beer they have it all. If you are lucky enough to order the beer that empties a keg, they shout your name on a bullhorn for a round of applause and you score a free t-shirt!

    ANIMALS: They have a mini bull, a giant bull, a ton of sheep, a HUGE elk, a big fat pig, and many other animals. If you have kids, swing by the petting zoo!

    There is so much to do at the Iowa State Fair for all ages, so bring your walking shoes and appetite and get ready to have some fun!

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