by the MPR - one of our first stops at the fair - delicious -
Foot Long Hot Dog
by the DNR building - this one for my partner as he loves it - being a vegetarian I have to miss out
French Meadow Bakery - yummy scone with strawberry jam - my treat while he eats the hot dog
Tom Thumbs Donuts
and our treat for dessert - absolutely yummy - to round off a perfect set of foods
Keep coming back to the memories by the Nanchi
Ye Old Mill
A must. Our first date at 14 years old was at the State Fair. 40 years later we still have to grab a bag of Tom Thumb donuts and head into the musty, coo, dark tunnel of love!
Sort of a new tradition for us (15 years or so!) Slice of pizza, sitting under the ceiling fans, people watching. A good break in the afternoon.
Fine Arts building
A wonderful venue of great, local art. Always hot and muggy. Keep telling ourselves, "oh, just one more gallery" but end up seeing the entire show. If you haven't found this gem, try it out this year!
Really, any of the 'beer gardens' are a good stop. We love sitting close to the doorway, people watching while having a bit to eat, a cool drink--and watching the ejector seat too! Usually late enough at night to see the grandstand fireworks.
Best shows on Earth! by the Nanchi
Category:Attractions & Exhibits
Leinie Lodge Bandshell
Where else can you see great acts like 'War' for free? The white lights, the tree canopy...it's just great!
Sourdough Slim, Heritage Square
Stumbled upon this guy 2 years ago. So fun, so silly. He comes to the State fair every 2 years, for only a couple of days. If you haven't seen him, GO!
International Square stage
You just can't sit still when listening to music in International Square. Whether at the main stage or the small stage towards the back, it's always fun!
Basically the same show each year, but still amazing each year!
BEST Fair Foods! by The Blechinger Family
Sweet Marthas Cookies and All you can drink milk
Sweet Marthas Cookies are amazing and nothing is better than milk and cookies! We love the mixed (chocolate and regular) milk!
Deep Fried Pickles
They are Addicting! and awesome with the ranch.
The BEST chicago dog we have ever tried!
Footlong Hot Dog
With raw onions,ketchup,and mustard... delicious