My Stick-Eating Adventures

August 31, 2006 at 12:30pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

The Missus, Robbie and I ventured to the Nebraska State Fair last night. It wasn’t nearly as busy as I would have expected for such a beautiful evening. Then again, Wednesday night probably isn’t the most popular night to go. In any event, I was pleased overall with the experience. The Fair has done a good job, for the most part, of keeping the activity dense enough to keep visitors’ interest, but not so dense that you feel unpleasantly crammed in.

Robbie did a good job throughout the evening. Most of the time he just looked around, babbled, and drooled. Frankly, that’s what several of the other fairgoers were doing, too, so he fit right in.

I want to quickly note that I was able to track down a few of regular commenter Karin‘s photographs. Good work, Karin! I found three of her pieces: Spin, Glassware, and a portrait of a man. (After that I had to stop searching because I was going cross-eyed trying to find her name among all of the photographs.) If you go, see if you can track down her pieces.

And now my dining adventures. I mentioned previously that I wanted to eat at least three foods on a stick. Well, I did it, and although I enjoyed each food at the time, I thought for sure I was going to lose it all in the middle of the night. Too much grease makes Mr. Wilson a woozy boy.

Anyway, I began the evening with something a little adventurous: gator on a stick. It was served to me by a woman who was born amidst the turmoil of the Civil War, and who only leaves the deepest parts of the bayou to serve her fancy cuisine at state fairs, so I knew it had to be good. It was. The freshly-fried piece of meat was tender, juicy, and very delicious. It was lightly seasoned and tasted a little like chicken, but with a bit more flavor. Tasty stuff.

Next I went with a traditional corn dog. You can get a corn dog from pretty much any vendor at the fair, so I picked one that appeared to be keeping their product pretty fresh. It was the best corn dog I’ve ever eaten. Of course, it was also the only corn dog I’ve ever eaten, so that isn’t saying much. But I feel more complete for having finally tasted a State Fair staple.

Finally it was time for dessert. Even though I really wanted shaved ice, I knew I had to go for something on a stick. There was really no question in my mind what I had to go with: a fried Twinkie. The young man pulled a Twinkie on a stick out of a freezer, dipped it in batter, and fried it for a couple minutes. He pulled out the golden glob, coated it lightly with cinnamon, and handed it to me. I bit in and, lo and behold, it wasn’t half bad. In fact, it was pretty darn tasty. I would definitely try one again.

So there you have it, my foods-on-a-stick adventures. What’s your favorite food on a stick? Which foods on a stick have/will you sample at this year’s State Fair?

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beerorkid August 31, 2006 at 4:14pm

I had a fried snickers a couple years back.  It was toooooo much though.  A mostly melted snickers with a sweet batter, I only made it 1/2 way through it.

Mr. T September 1, 2006 at 12:54am

How much were the items? And no pictures? Shame, shame…Mr. Wilson. Anyway, I /may/ go since I have procured tickets for the game on Saturday, but I doubt it. Maybe if they had deep fried White Castles on a stick.

Mr. Wilson September 1, 2006 at 1:54am

Don’t worry, there are photos. I just haven’t done anything with them yet.

Joshua Wiltshire September 1, 2006 at 7:28pm

I will not be able to go to the fair this year, I’m way too busy at work.  This is regrettable as I have been wanting a state fair turkey leg for, oh, the past ten months or so.

Karin September 3, 2006 at 3:19pm

I only had one item on a stick: a corn dog. Other than that, I got a funnel cake and the ever so yummy pineapple ice cream stuff (pineapple whip? is that what it’s called?)

It was raining the entire time I was at the fair.

I only won a few ribbons this year- a couple of honorable mentions and a 2nd place for painting. I’ll have to try harder next year. Some of the photos were really excellent!

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