The history of county and state fairs date back more than 200 years. Agricultural societies sprang up to help promote local farmers and share ideas and methods for everyone's benefit. Fairs became a celebration of the end of the season at which farmers could show off what they had produced and enter into friendly competitions. In time, these evolved to include people from outside the agricultural community who had an interest in not just where their food came from, but the overall sense of fun and competition present. And where crowds went, so too did food.
In time, many fairs grew well past their agricultural roots, some barely even acknowledge it anymore, and they include things like rides and games to attract a family audience. But a staple across the country includes the incredible selection of foods you won't find anywhere else. It has become an unofficial purpose of any fair to produce the most over-the-top and unusual fried foods imaginable that either wow the crowds with their deliciousness or their brazen weirdness.
The best food items become staples at every fair while other unique offerings may only show up in one or two places thanks to their utter weirdness. If you're a true connoisseur of the fair food game, then why not see how many you can identify in our quiz?