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6 of the Greatest All-American State Fairs to Check out This Summer

As a longstanding beacon of summer and an esteemed symbol of American culture, state fairs across the U.S. have attracted millions from all over the world each year. With an abundance of attractions from Ferris wheels to free concerts, and just about everything deep-fried, state fairs are the real highlight of the warm, sunny season.

Thankfully with each state having its own personality and encompassing a rich culture and history of celebration with its own allure, not all state fairs are created equally. When you head out this summer with family and friends, don’t make the mistake of missing some of the best and biggest state fairs in the U.S.

California State Fair

Dates: July 14 to 30

In addition to a generous offering of rides, entertainment, culinary diversions and star-studded concerts, the California State Fair celebrates the Golden State’s diverse agriculture bounty with an appreciated beauty. From cheese and wine, to plenty of blue-ribbon sheep, rabbits and crafts, and even old school pie and corn dogs, it’s a state fair not to be missed.

Delaware State Fair

Dates: July 20 to 29

With a rodeo, circus, and a beer and wine garden for adults, this 10-day event at the end of July encourages everyone to kick off the season with a slice of summer fun in a big way. In addition to a diverse carnival offering fun and games for all ages, the Delaware State Fair has been a welcome stage for notable musical acts over the years like Lady Antebellum and American Idol winner, Kelly Clarkson.

North Dakota State Fair 

Dates: July 21 to 29

Featuring nine nights of mouth-watering food and adrenaline-charged entertainment, including bull riding, rodeo events, auto racing and live concerts. With a thematic accent on agriculture and machinery, this glimpse into genuine Midwestern culture displays inimitable exhibits, enjoyable games, and campgrounds for guests.

Indiana State Fair 

Dates: August 4 to 20

Over the course of 17 days, this fair ensures all guests have fun at their longstanding and beloved state fair. Offering rides and games at the midway, a bounty of out-of-this-world food from an array of esteemed concessionaires to satiate your appetite, with a beer and wine exhibition, this state fair laid out over 250 acres in the historic Broad Ripple region promises 250 free fun things to do with the whole family.

Illinois State Fair

Dates: August 10 to 20

Covering a one-mile long oval motor racetrack in Springfield, the Illinois State Fair celebrates its historically rich culture over the course of 29 days with a plethora of activities. As the fair that once popularized the corn dog in 1946, festivities kick off with a Twilight Parade, followed by delicious food, competitions, attractions and concerts at the Grandstand with artists from nearly every genre.

New York State Fair

Dates: August 23 to September 4

With more than one million visitors every year, this 13-day celebration features eye-opening exhibits, captivating entertainment and outrageous fun. And with a showcase of more than thousands of animals, commercial attractions and scores of midway rides and big-name entertainers, you can bet it’s a real treat for the whole family.

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Which state fairs do you love visiting in the U.S.? Let us know in the comments below.

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