The fair is here! The fair is here! And the forecast for the week here in Raleigh, North Cackalacki? Downright. Perfect.
I am so looking forward to going to the fair this year. Last time it was here, I was 6 months pregnant and was not able to enjoy it like I normally do. Now I’m positively (and disturbingly) excited to bump into 1,015 strangers, eat a Turkey leg, endure the sound of a million loud screams, go through five bottles of sanitizer, overspend on a game I know is rigged, gain five pounds of pure fried food and simply be a kid again. I’m wondering how many of our residents feel the same way? I am betting out of all of the residents at Camden communities in Raleigh and Charlotte that will go to the fair this year, over half do. At least that is what I am telling myself.
If there is one thing the fair offers…it is a deep-fried heart attack on a stick. I stopped going to the fair for the rides many years ago, probably in my teens and now go for dinner, dessert and a snack. The day before the fair officially opened, live tweets were all over Twitter from media outlets that were allowed sneak peeks at what was, let’s face it, gonna be fried this year. Some of them made me go, “What the what?!” but others sounded so oddly delicious. Here is what is new on the menu and where to find it courtesy of the Nando:
WHERE TO FIND NEW FOODS AT THE N.C. STATE FAIR
The Twinx: A Twinkie stuffed with Twix bar, wrapped in bacon, battered and deep fried; available at Murphy House locations in front of the Sam Rand Grandstand, in the Scott Building and the 1853 Grille.
Deep-fried bacon-wrapped Reese’s Cup: Also available at Murphy House locations.
Deep-fried Bananas Foster: Sold at the Ragin’ Cajun booth in front of the Sam Rand Grandstand.
Deep-fried Rice Krispies Treats: At Chester’s Gators and Taters, between Dorton Arena and Kiddieland.
Deep-fried BBQ on a Stick: Chopped pork barbecue dipped in a hushpuppy batter. Sold at State Fair Concessions at the foot of the bright green Super Slide in Kiddieland.
Deep-fried Mini Cupcakes: At the Chef’s D’Lites vendor across from the Sam Rand Grandstand.
Krispy Kreme apple treats: A line of chocolate-coated Granny Smith apples topped with a Krispy Kreme doughnuts sold at Miss Debbie’s Specialty Apples inside the Commercial Building.
Red Velvet Mini Donuts: Sold at S2 Concessions in Kiddieland.
Homemade Onion Rings with Bettie’s Dipping Sauce: Available at the McBride Concessions stand across from the walkway between the Expo Building and the Graham Building.
Sirloin Tips: New vendor Colglazier Enterprises in front of the Graham Building.
Pineapple Drinks: Tropical drinks served in a whole pineapple by new vendor Tropical Delights, located across from the Hobbies & Crafts building.
I can’t wait to go try some of these off-putting, horribly bad for you, yet seriously yummy sounding treats. Watch out Fair. Here I come. Stretchy pants and all.