Sayonara Fair – But Here’s to Fair Food Year ‘Round


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The last animal was sold, the last Ferris Wheel ride taken, and the last corn dog eaten. The fair has come to a close. Although I wasn’t able to attend, based on conversations with my parents and pictures on Facebook and Twitter—it seems like it was another great year for all those involved.


Most 4-H and FFA members will shift their focus onto finishing up record books or other projects they are involved. Until the fall brings a new animal for them to raise, these last 10 days will become a mere memory of the past.


While memories of the fair are usually satisfactory in containing one’s emotions until next year, fulfilling one’s taste buds for fair food is a different story!


Luckily this is the perfect opportunity to try your hand at recreating fair food until you’ve gotten it just right.


To help you get started, this week I will provide a few recipes I found for some of the classic foods we all love to eat at the fair.


Strawberry Lemonade



1-cup strawberries, sliced

½ cup sugar (I start off with ¼ cup and add based on taste)

1-liter lemonade

2 cups unflavored sparkling water

1 lemon, sliced for garnish



1). Combine the strawberries and sugar in a bowl. Use a fork to mash the berries into the sugar. Chill for 30 minutes.

2). In a large pitcher, combine the strawberry mixture with the lemonade and water. Adjust the ratios to fit your taste.

3). Enjoy!


Baked Corndogs Bites:


1-package hot dogs

1 cup all purpose flour

1 cup yellow cornmeal

½ cup white sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1-teaspoon salt

1 cup Buttermilk (1 cup milk w/ 1 tablespoon vinegar, let set 5 minutes)

1 egg

¼ vegetable oil

1 small can diced green chilies

1 handful Mexican blend cheese



1). Preheat oven to 425 degrees

2). Spray muffin tin with cooking spray

3). Whisk flour, corn meal, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a bowl; stir in milk, egg, and vegetable oil. Stir in cheese and chilies.

4). Cut the hot dogs into 4 pieces crosswise and cut each piece lengthwise to make 8 pieces per hot dog.

5). Stir hot dogs into the batter and spoon the mixture into prepared mini muffing cups.

6). Bake in the oven until the corn muffins are lightly browned and set in the center. About 10 minutes.


I know they won’t be exactly like the treats you get at the fair but hopefully they will hold you over until next year.