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It’s not just hump day, it’s Wisconsin State Fair Eve! Sing it with me:

It’s the most wonderful time of the year

They’ll be fried food a-flowin’

(Our hearts will be slowin’)

We’ll be drinking good beer.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year

I could go on, but you get the idea – I’m full of cheer as the fair draws near. Our new not-so-little cheddar nugget (20+lb, 5mo old, Ellis) and a year in limbo (moving 3 times and building a house) has put a serious dent in my blogging efforts as of late. But nothing can keep me from sharing the fair with the world (or whomever happens across this tiny blog).

So you’ve heard of doomsday preppers? Well, I’m a fair prepper. How does one do that? Well, throughout the year, I make sure I eat a selection of foods that keep me in whatever the opposite of tip-top shape is. Here are some of those things:IMG_1999 IMG_1897IMG_1772 IMG_1509

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Meat stuffed donut, bacon bottom pizza, hot dog crust pizza, nachos on a stick, and an all you can drink milk tent were all part of my prep plan. As you can see, I don’t rest on my laurels (I’m not sure if I even have laurels).

Final prep steps:

  1. Good night sleep (Ha! says teething baby and recently faulty smoke alarm)
  2. Hydrate (fair foods are apparently high in sodium – weird!)
  3. Good beard and mustache trim, the flavor saver can only savor so much flavor -before it gets nasty.
  4. Apply Gold Bond liberally to my nether regions.
  5. Pack maximum daily dose of chewable Pepto (for on-the-go relief)
  6. Jump up and down with Tara (who’s last fair was tempered by morning sickness)
  7. Review the list below of my top new foods to try (see entire list here)
  • 50/50 Burger with a Bacon Wrapped Cheddar Melt
    • Machine Shed A10
  • Apple Pie Wonton, Deep Fried (Apple pie filling, caramel w/ ice cream or whip)
    • Leadfoots Race Bar & Grill F9
  • Bacon Bottom Porker Pizza (BBQ pork shoulder, gouda, cilantro & pork rind)
    • Brew City F9
  • Bacon Cinnamon Roll with Icing
    • Cinnamon Rolls E6
  • Beer Battered Pretzel Coated Cheese Curds (Pilsner, pretzel, &panko battered)
    • Tropics at the Fair B10
  • Cheesy Smoked Gouda Sidewinder Fries (Gouda sauce, bacon, green onion tops)
    • Tropics at the Fair B10
  • Donut Grilled Cheese (Grilled, halved donut w/ American cheese)
    • Siggy’s Gourmet Grilled Cheese D10
  • Grilled Breakfast Donut Sandwich
    • Siggy’s Gourmet Grilled Cheese D10
  • Gyro Meatballs (Gyro ingredients except pita in a meatball, deep-fried)
    • Apollos B9
  • Lasagna Sticks (Handmade filling wrapped &deep fried w/marinara)
    • Steak Stop B9
  • Maple Bacon Gourmet Mini Donut Bowl (With real bacon crumbles & maple syrup)
    • The Donut Family G5
  • Pickle Dog, Deep Fried (Fried pickles on beef hot dog, ranch dressing)
    • Siggy’s Wild Dogs Saloon D10
  • Poutine (French fries, cheese curds, & gravy)
    • Duke’s Poutine F7
  • Pretzel Crusted Brownies On-a-Stick, Deep Fried (Side of sea salt caramel sauce)
    • Saz’s Ribs E8
  • Surf & Turf , Deep Fried (Battered, bacon-wrapped shrimp w/chipotle BBQ glaze)
    • Joey’s Seafood & Grill E9
  • The Hot Mess (Cheeseburger w/ peanut butter, honey & bacon on a pretzel bun)
    • Tavern at the Park F11

It’s good to be back!  I’ll be posting updates of my thoughts on all the above and more soon.