Now that it’s mid-August that means there’s two awesome things happening around the Springfield area. 1 … kids are going back to school (clap, clap, clap) and 2 … the Illinois State Fair is open and bustling with hungry visitors. It’s our favorite place to visit for unique foods, space for the kids to run around and even a few rides when I can convince someone to go on them with me.
Last year I found some pretty freaky fair foods to share and this year was a bit disappointing. A lot of my favorites but not much of anything that was new and different.
Our first stop was to grab a jumbo corn dog for the hot dog lovin’ Miss Emma.
Then of course, she needed a lemon shake up to wash it down with.
I made a pit stop at my favorite place that serves us a cast iron skillet fried meal with steak, potatoes, beans, ‘shrooms and more. I just got some beans n taters because meat just isn’t my thing these days.
I was sad to learn that my favorite spot for a bbq pork sandwich was no longer there and settled for one from 17th Street BBQ which is pretty darn tasty and tender.
The girls begged their way into a bowl of cheese smothered french fries.
And I went straight for this deep fried cheesecake with caramel and white chocolate drizzle. If you’ve never had one before, get this! It’s worth every calorie.
The one new thing we stumbled on was a new take on the funnel cake. This red velvet funnel cake may look like raw meat covered in glue but it’s actually a delicious treat with cream cheese icing. If you can get past the ugly appearance you’ll love this!
Have you visited your state fair and found any unique foods?