fair midway

George Ferris invented this wheel with the intention to “out-Eiffel Eiffel”


fair food

Deep fried everything…including Kool-Aid


trampoline fair



fair food

Hot California Cheese! More frying.


leghorn fair

“Now looka, I say looka here.” ~Foghorn Leghorn


us airbag

 More flying


fair cow

Spelling her name the traditional way, Colleen the cow should have no trouble at Starbucks. 


fair corn row

Spiders of the Corn (I know they’re in there)


Twiggs the giraffe

Twiggs the giraffe. His carrots are not fried.


krispy kreme fair food



winning fair pumpkin

The winning pumpkin weighed 750 lbs (a diet of fried food?)


fair food

What are butt fries?


painted gourd

Something not fried–a painted gourd


fair barns

I love barns, even little ones


weird fried foods

Um, no thanks.


What do you love about fairs? Would you eat fried bubble gum?


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34 thoughts on “Photo Essay: The Virginia State Fair

    1. Coleen Patrick Post author

      My husband joked about when we were going to find the gluten free booth. Fairs are not for those with dietary restrictions! Although it was so hot all I wanted was the 75 cent unsweetened tea. Best deal at the whole fair. 🙂

  1. tomwisk

    Loved the pictures. All together too much fried food, but why go to a fair if not to indulge in forbidden fruit. you can see cows and chickens on a farm. Ferris Wheel? No f****** way. Got stuck at the top of one as a child, severe fear of heights followed.

    1. Coleen Patrick Post author

      My experiences with the Ferris wheel have been okay, but now I’m too skeptical about the safety at fairs. I know, bah humbug. But I’ll still attend them!

  2. Patricia Tilton

    Loved your photo essay of the fair. Reminded me that Fall is here. Loved the Giraffe! Tried to respond on your blog on your site, and it wasn’t showing. So, responded through twitter.

    1. Coleen Patrick Post author

      Twiggs the giraffe was so cute. Giraffes seem to have such a gentle way about them. Although I’m sure the endless carrots had something to do with his mood too!

  3. Phil

    Deep fried everything…including Kool-Aid? Deep fried bubble gum? Holy cow – there is now way to stick to a diet at this state fair!

    I love these kinds of things. It brings us back to a simpler life, a more wholesome life, that our parents and grandparents enjoyed.

    Still love all the bad fried foods there. Especially funnel cake and cotton candy!
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  4. Patricia

    Believe it or not, I would try the fried bubble gum, depending on price. Butt fries, probably not. And Colleen is not a good cow name.

    I love the County exhibits at the State Fair and the baby animals and the flower exhibits and the handmade stuff. Hate the heat (ours is in the summer), the crowds, the fried everything, the carnival rides, the parking, the prices, the . . . well you get it.

    Cool pictures.

    Patricia Rickrode
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    1. Coleen Patrick Post author

      The baby animals were very cute, especially the little piggies. Oh and Colleen had just given birth to Kristy a few days earlier, but at 65 lbs she didn’t look so small. 🙂

    1. Coleen Patrick Post author

      I know. I’m wondering if you eat the fried bits around the gum and then chew the gum, like with bubble gum ice cream, or if it’s a bubble gum flavored situation…either way, not what I crave. 🙂

  5. 4amwriter

    Fried bubble gum? No thanks! I enjoy fairs, but I haven’t been to a good one in a long time. My favorite part is the animals and fried dough. 🙂

  6. Alarna Rose Gray

    No, I would NOT eat fried bubble gum – ew!! But I am wondering, were those magic mushrooms they were advertising? 😉 (Love the Spiders of the Corn – that would be my first thought, too!) 🙂

  7. Karen McFarland

    Coleen, those are great pics! What is it about fried? Yuck! I have to say I didn’t know about the Ferris Wheel. Interesting bit of info. I apparently don’t get out much. lol. But how gorgeous is that giraffe? And the cow named Coleen? He, he, he. Looks like you guys had fun. 🙂

    1. Coleen Patrick

      I never gave much thought to the Ferris wheel either, not until I put one in a story and my editor capitalized the F. So that’s when I learned about George. 🙂

  8. BornBookish

    Lots of great pictures Coleen =) How does one deep fry Kool Aid I wonder? Though I was hesitant to try them at first, I must say I do LOVE deep fried Oreos. They are the thing I look forward to most about the fair every summer!

    1. Coleen Patrick

      Judging from the photos, it looks like the Kool-Aid is just the dough flavoring. Interesting for sure. I got to have the fried Oreos once, they are definitely tasty!

  9. Denise Hisey

    What awesome photos!
    Here in Washington, the Fischer Scones are always a big hit. Loaded with butter and raspberry jam…mmmm
    My favorite 🙂

    I say a big “no thank you” to fried bubble gum. Yuck! And Fried Reeses, too? Never heard of butt fries, though we saw a sign for butt paste on a trip through Montana several years ago. Disturbing. Maybe for in case they ate too many butt fries?

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