Sunday, September 19, 2010

a little (fried) slice of heaven

It's that time of year again. The state fair of oklahoma. I don't know about you, but there really isn't a thing I don't like about it, besides that it doesn't stick around all year. In honor of this glorious event, I would like to share a few questions it brings to mind, and then I'll go ahead and list the top 10 things i love about it.

Some questions the fair presents:

1. Where do these people come from?

Jorts, jerseys, face covered in grease, and some camo article of clothing. Yeah I know it sounds like the typical Stillwater resident, but it bothers me to think of this scenario. What if some European person had ONE day to see Oklahoma, and they went to the fair. What would they think? I won't explain everything else..just know that this explains our reputation as rednecks.

           2. Is there one single type of food at the fair that is healthy?

Think of all the food you have ever eaten at the state fair. If you can honestly say that you have eaten something healthy there, please comment below. I just know I haven't, and I know my family hasn't either. Yes, that includes Emily.

          3. How can anyone feel safe letting their kids ride those rides?

I won't do much explaining here. Tell me those rides are tested monthly. Yeah right. The laws of nature just don't allow those rides to safely function forever. I just like watching those parents wearing the clothes described above, holding a beer, taking pictures of their kids while that ride is hanging on by a thread.

Top ten things at the fair (with no explanation, in no particular order):

1. The food (specifically corn, tater twirls, and fried cheese)
2. The lesser-seen Oklahomans
3. The pressing need for seating around the food areas that will never be satisfied
4. Christian music on the Native American pan flute
5. Fair celebrities (Tiny Tina, Bozo the clown, the one hit wonder band they always bring in, etc.)
6. Deep fried soda. I saw it this year. Amazed me so much, I'm giving it recognition.
7. Seeing the not sold in stores! things from television
8. Dippin dots. They're not the Ice Cream of the Future as promoted, but it's the one time of year I eat it.
9. Telling yourself, "this will give me a reason to go to the gym" but instead, you go back to the fair one more time before it closes for the year.
10. The feeling you get amongst the people wearing jorts and wife beaters, that "wow, I feel so out of place" sort of feeling.

Make sure and get out to the fair this year. And enjoy.


  1. I miss the fair...and fried snickers...
    Europeans don't know that Oklahoma exists, New Yorkers permanent image of Oklahoma=state fair.
    This is what I deal with on a daily basis.
    P.S. If at all possible Tisa must experience the Great State Fair at least once.

  2. I second that. Tisa needs the State Fair. It's a culture lesson. It would be perfect for her study-abroad program.

  3. If she is visiting for Oklahoma long enough to realize that the fair isn't everyday life with everyday Oklahomans, it will happen. But I can't imagine a worse lasting perception of Oklahoma than the state fair

  4. you mean best lasting perception, right?