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Go to a State Fair

New York held America’s first fair in 1841 to promote agriculture. Livestock, vegetable-growing, and recipe showdowns sprung up at other fairs and are still major draws, sometimes with modern-day revisions. Today, fairgoers can sample the fattiest, most questionably edible, strangest state fair food—much of which falls into one of two genres: “deep-fried” or “on a stick”—and then participate in some wacky state fair contests.

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