The one thing you have to try at these county fairs

  • Tabatha Wharton
6:00 a.m. Thursday, July 27, 2017 Homepage

No two county fairs are the same — and that’s especially true for the food offerings at each fair.

Here’s what we know (and you said!) to be the must-eat food at these local fairs now and into the future.

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Alligator Meat

source: facebook

According to their Facebook page: “Crackerbillies is a food concession trailer that serves the best hand breaded Gator, Shrimp, and Chicken at the fair!” You read that right — alligator.

Honorable mention: “Bowman's Texas Tenderloin — tenderloin as big as your head.”

Fair dates: July 29-Aug. 5 at the Preble County Fairgrounds in Eaton

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Boston Cream Funnel Cake

Jim Ingram
There were several varieties of funnel cakes at this year's Great Darke County Fair, but we had to go big with the Boston Cream.

It’s not a fair without funnel cake, right? We found a funnel cake that is even better. It’s the deliciously sweet funnel cake with the usual powdered sugar. Then they add a generous helping of Boston cream and melted chocolate. It’s like eating a doughnut in reverse!

Honorable mention: Frozen Bananas

Fair dates: Aug. 18-26 at the Darke County fairgrounds in Greenville

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Turkey Legs

Turkey legs are a featured food on the midway at the Montgomery County Fair. The fair runs from September 2 thru the 7th. Jim Noelker/Dayton Daily News

You know you can always get your Turkey Leg fix at the Renaissance Fest? But did you know the Montgomery County fair also has your back?

Honorable mention: There's a homemade ice cream stand with pumpkin ice cream at the Montgomery County Fair that is absolutely the best.

Next year’s fair dates: July 9-14, 2018, at new fairgrounds at Arthur O. Fisher Park in Jefferson Twp.

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