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Monday, August 8, 2011

Ohio State Fair - 2011


Even though I don't use my festival blog (http://ohiofestivals.net) to write postings on county and state fairs, it's thanks to all my festival adventures that I even went this year.

You see, through Facebook correspondence, I was given some Ohio State Fair tickets (and parking pass) from the nice people at Ohio Magazine and Great Lakes Publishing after I shared my list of 2010 festival adventures with them.

So I'd like to dedicate this post to them as well as to all of my readers who try to make life an endless adventure...

The Ohio State Fair 2011

Whereas I love festivals for their very specific themes, I do occasionally love the fair for its broad spectrum of entertainment.

I can walk down the Ohio State Fair midway...



...alongside the usual rides and food vendors...



...and find myself in a Civil War celebration...



...with a full camp...



...and sleeping Union soldiers.



I can see hip country-esque art...



...old-fashioned carnie art...



...butter art...



...chocolate art...



...and even deep fried kool-aid art.

I absolutely love the fair for its experimental food...especially experimental fried food. And as I searched the fair for the above-mentioned dish...



...it was thanks to seeing my friend Mike and company that I stopped only a few feet from the booth...



...and I drank the melted ice cream and sauce from the container when I finished eating it...

...it was that good!

Thanks to Mike, I was led to my other sought-out food adventure...



...the donut burger - two Krispy Kreme donuts sandwiching a bacon cheeseburger with tomato, lettuce and onion.



It made me smile.

Honestly though, even though I didn't hold back a second while chowing down the deep fried kool-aid, I felt a little overwhelmed by all that donut glaze. I was happy to taste the cheese, pickle and tomato after a few bites.


And I ended up finishing only the middle in the end...

...even though I probably easily consumed more than 2,000 with this alone.


A little guilty by what I had consumed, I tried burning off these excess calories by walking around and checking out...



...the rams...



...poultry...



...lambs...




...more poultry...



...kissing Clydesdales...



... and even some sharks.



But those dormant sharks only left one last thought on my overthinking brain...



...I wanted another deep fried kool-aid.


Thanks again Ohio Magazine and Great Lakes Publishing!!

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