A Fair is a Veritable Smorgasbord, Smorgasbord, Smorgasbord

Or so Templeton the Rat sang, and I’d have to agree. aklikins 1 and I went to the NC State Fair last night and I did pig out mightily. A corn dog, a fried potato-spiral thing (sometimes known as “butterfly chips”), and a fried dough (aka “elephant ear”, aka “big lump of fried covered in powdered sugar”) all made their happy way into my “bellah”

In the “to go” food category, two “monster bags” of cotton candy await me at home. Oh, and fudge. And candied almonds.

And then there was the Candy Castle, a “pick-your-candy-by-the-pound” place that sucked Adrian and me in, to the tune of 2 lbs. of Tootsie “Frooties” (which I’d never seen before), BB Bats, Laffy Taffy, Atomic Fireballs, etc. etc. 2

Ride-wise, we did the great big Ferris Wheel, the Zipper, the Fireball, the swings, the bumper cars and the (can’t remember the name of it, but it was like this).

The fireworks were *amazing* — the new “sparklies” are so very very pretty.

1 His first NC State Fair ever, despite having lived in Raleigh for more than a decade!
2 Yes, I know: sweet tooth, much?

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3 thoughts on “A Fair is a Veritable Smorgasbord, Smorgasbord, Smorgasbord

  1. Kewl! Actually I’m swinging down for a long weekend tomorrow nite – and I will go check it out w/my parents on Fri … or Sat. if the forecasted thunderstorm actually shows up Fri. Looking forward to it – I made it down during fair season one time about 5 years ago, but this’ll be Kev’s 1st time in like 20 years. A very nice romantic thing to do, tho we’re wondering if the redneck factor is still like it used to be, i.e. watch the hand-holding. Will definitely play that one by ear…
    Long time ago there used to be “paddleboats” on that little pond off to the side, where ya pump these bicycle-like pedals to move it along. Have any idea if that still exists?? =)

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    • Redneck factor was lower last night, but it was Tues. (iow, more Raleighites). I did not see the paddleboats, *but* I didn’t go by the Grist Mill either, as we entered from the other gate on Trinity. (Which nets out to I have no idea.)
      ;-)

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  2. I missed the fair ENTIRELY this year due to an extended vacation out of country… reading your description made me smile. Especially the word “bellah” which really cracked me up! That Candy Castle sounds great! When I go we eat many many deep-fried things (deep-fried cheese was quite tasty), the “diesel ice cream”, and the honey cotton candy. i missed that ritual this year. But the vacation was teh awesome. Thanks for relaying your experiences!

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