And we have been in love with the fair ever since… and with each other, too. So six years later, I feel like I can say that the Utah State Fair and I are no longer newlyweds, and that I may have some credibility in giving my recommendations, so here you go.
- Buy your tickets online or at Smith’s in advance (you save $2 a ticket – we neglected to do this and now we are out $4 like a pair of suckers)
- Bring your own water. This year is the first year that I have remembered to do so, and I am so glad I did because then I didn’t spend $4 on water (so I guess the fair and I are even now?)
- Eat a roasted turkey leg – they are pricey (this year they were $12!) but well worth it
- Don’t get tricked into paying to look at the tiniest woman alive or whatever phenomenal sounding person they are advertising over the loudspeakers (this year it was a lady with the head of a woman and the body of an ugly snake) because even though the money will probably help to feed their family in India, you will feel like a terrible person forever for even peeking around the corner at them. Don’t do it.
- Take your little one to the petting zoo (they have all sorts of adorable baby farm animals)
- Bring hand sanitizer (for after the petting zoo)
- Wander the local photography competition (second floor of the big barn)
- And most important – EAT A FRIED SNICKERS BAR – they taste like melted chocolate heaven and will keep you coming back to the fair for years to come (this year the price was $5 and they are usually sold near the little theater section in the fried fish food cart)
Here are some photos of our 2015 Utah State Fair adventure.
(photo cred: Spencer Cook)