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State Fairs

Filed Under: United States

The annual state fair is something that kids of all ages look forward to each year. It’s a wonderful time for food -- funnel cakes, hot dogs, deep-fried Twinkies -- and colorful contests, from pie eating to log rolling. There is always something for everyone. We’ve picked some of the biggest and baddest state fairs with out-of-this-world competitions -- and mouthwatering foods to match.

Arizona State Fair
In Arizona, people compete with sweet pies, spicy pies and racing babies. Some of the competitions include: - Pie Eating Competition
- Spicy Pizza Challenge at Cardinali's
- Pigeon Rolling Competition
- Diaper Derby
- Frozen T-Shirt Contest
Colorado State Fair
At the Colorado State Fair, the animal competitions rule. Catch these competitions before they run away: - Wool Riders Sheep Riding
- Saddle Bronc Riding at the Rodeo
- Rocky Mountain Dock Dog Diving and Big Air Competition
- Bunny Dressing Competition
- Bird Dressing Competition
- Duck Quacking Competition
- Swine Livestock Competition
- Rock Rolling Competition
- Pet Rock Best-Dressed Competition
Iowa State Fair
Offering 50 kinds of food on a stick each year, the Iowa State Fair attracts wild and wonderful competitors from near and far. From butter to beards, to outhouses on wheels, Iowa takes the prize for some of the wackiest challenges out of all of the state fairs. Some of its competitions include: - Outhouse Races
- Husband Calling Competition
- Beard Growing Competition
- Wood Chopping Contest
- Cow Chip Throwing Competition
- Rubber Chicken Throwing Competition
- Butter Sculpting Competition
Minnesota State Fair
At "The Great Minnesota Get-Together," the competitions run the gamut from chugging milk to dueling robots, plus the strangest fashion show ever to hit the runway. Its other colorful competitions include:
- Princess Kay Butter Sculpting
- Lumberjack Competition
- Guitar Flat Picking Competition
- High School Marching Band Competition
- BMX Skateboard Tournament
- Rescue Ride Horse Riding Competition
- Llama Costume Contest
State Fair of Texas
The State Fair of Texas is known for many things, including being the "Fried Food Capital of Texas." Texans are competitive to the core and they will be the first to tell ya'll they're the biggest and best at everything. Along with its food, the State Fair of Texas includes these not-to-miss competitions: - Big Tex Awards
- Hedrick’s Racing Pigs
- Livestock Competition
- Guess What’s Cooking Competition
- The Ultimate Dog Show
Wisconsin State Fair
The Wisconsin State Fair is known for its cheese curds and cream puffs. But did you also know its competitions aim to showcase Wisconsin’s proud status as "America’s Dairyland"? Some of its competitions include:
- Moo-la-palooza Mooing Competition
- Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Competition (the state fair has even snagged the Guinness World Record for "World's Largest Cream Puff”)
- Dog Dock Diving Competition

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