state fair

  • Fear and Loathing at One of America's Oldest Agricultural Fairs

    Agricultural fairs once allowed farmers to engage in the fruitful exchange of information and innovation. Now they're just an excuse to gorge on fried dough and overpay for worthless crap.

  • Meet 'Fried Jesus,' the State Fair Food Genius Who Invented Deep-Fried Butter

    Noticed how the food at your local carnival has recently gotten more inventive and delicious in the past few years? You can thank concessionaire chef Abel Gonzalez Jr.

  • The History of Butter Sculpture Is Strange, Indeed

    The bizarre state fair tradition of butter sculpture began nearly 150 years ago with an Arkansas farm woman who dreamed of becoming a legit artist, carving neoclassical tableaux in cow fat. And yet all we have now is butter busts of 1991-era John...

  • State Fair

    The Blobby Boys just want to pick up chicks at the fair, but no one wants to ride Ferris wheels with a slime monster.

  • Deep-Fried America on a Stick

    For 11 days in August, a total of 1,012,552 visitors passed through the turnstiles at State Fair Park in West Allis, a suburb of Milwaukee. They came for deep-fried cookie-dough fondue on a stick, deep-fried peanut butter and jelly on a stick, deep...