Who doesn’t love a great state fair? The smell of the elephant ears and hot dogs wafting on the breeze, the taste of the deep fried wonders, the exciting rides and the nostalgic charm of the craft fairs and competitions featuring good ole’ Aunt Mildred’s peach preserves all evoke a sense of child like wonder and excitement that simply cannot be quenched until that ferris wheel is ridden or that deep friend wonder has officially tantalized your tastebuds.
Looking for a great state fair? Look no further that our top four for 2014.
Kentucky State Fair – August 14, 2014 – August 24, 2014
Kentucky Exposition Center
937 Phillips Lane
Louisville, Kentucky 40209
If you love horses like any good Kentuckian, then you will not want to miss this state fair. In fact, so popular is the horse show at this world class state fair that it is officially going to be available on pay per view in some areas. In addition to the Midway and the horse shows visitors will also enjoy the exhibitors, contests, agriculture, entertainment and a commemoration of the War of 1812 and other special areas as well.
Iowa State Fair – August 7, 2014 – August 17, 2014
3000 East Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50317
Welcoming over a million people each year, the Iowa State Fair is state fair for lovers of all things dairy including the star of the show, the life size, 600 pound cow sculpture made entirely of butter. Other features unique to this top fair including the hog calling contest, camping, popular artists such as Lady Antebellum and even racing make this a must visit destination. Don’t miss the green screen trip to Iowa and this years most exciting artistic endeavor the celebration of the 25th anniversary of Field of Dreams in BUTTER!
New York State Fair – August 21, 2014 – September 1, 2014
581 State Fair Blvd. Syracuse
New York 13209
The who’s who in music this year, New York’s Great New York State Fair will be featuring some of the biggest names in entertainment this year. In addition to Pitbull, Carrie Underwood and the Doobie Brothers, this oldest state fair in the country is also infamous for its taste treats. From the Wine and Cheese Seminars to the quart after quart of locally created maple syrp and more, this is just the beginning of what makes this a fair to remember.
Texas State Fair – September 26, 2014 – October 19, 2014
3921 Martin Luther King Jr., Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75210
Pretty much always the winner, this state fair is the biggest state fair in the country. Everything is bigger in Texas and that includes the state fair. From “Big Tex” the massive 52 foot cowboy who meets you at the gate to the roughly 3 million annual visitors, this fair is truly one to behold. Aside from the typical events including the rides, the music and the livestock (which there is plenty of), visitors will also enjoy food competitions, equestrian events and of course the cookoffs!
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