Fair food used to mean corn dogs, cotton candy, turkey legs, and funnel cake, but in recent years things have gotten decidedly weirder: Think chicken-fried bacon, pizza on a stick, bacon margaritas, guacamole balls, and fried Jell-o. If it can be battered and deep-fried, smothered with gravy, stuffed with cheese, or impaled on a stick, there’s a good chance a fair vendor has done it.
State fair season spans approximately July through October, and this year millions of people will flock to the beloved national institutions — from Minnesota to Texas, Iowa to California, and beyond — to get their fill of strange stunt foods, nutritional concerns be damned. Can’t make it to the fair this year? Fret not: With Eater’s State Fair Food Generator, you can dream up freaky fair-worthy food concoctions from the comfort of your own home. Who knows, you might even stumble upon a future blue-ribbon winner.