Dining With Denise Neil

Today’s the day to sample lots of State Fair food without paying much

We strapped a GoPro onto the head of a state fair carnival rider

See three different Kansas State Fair midway rides from the perspective of someone strapped in. (Video courtesy of Sasha Keehn and Alexis Jungman)
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See three different Kansas State Fair midway rides from the perspective of someone strapped in. (Video courtesy of Sasha Keehn and Alexis Jungman)

A deep-fried, macaroni-and-cheese topped burger sounds kind of interesting.

But is it really worth risking all that cash?

Today’s the day that you can set that Kansas State Fair fear aside and sample weird food with reckless abandon.

Organizers are calling their new program “$2 Tasting Tuesday,” which means that for today only, you can roam the fair grounds and order sample-sized versions of any food you desire for just $2.

Sue Stoecklein, who is the fair’s longtime director of commercial exhibits, started the program this year as a way to get crowds on the fairgrounds on one of its traditionally slowest days. It’s also designed to let people try some of the fair’s more risky offerings (calf fries, anyone?) and not spend too much. All the food vendors agreed to participate, meaning that a fairgoer with a $20 bill could try samples of 10 different foods they’ve always wondered about.

The deal is offered only today.

For more information about all the strange foods being offered at the fair this year (and to find out what the heck totchos are), check out this story.

The Kansas State Fair continues on the fairgrounds in Hutchinson through Sunday.

Follow the adventures of Eagle staffers Denise Neil and Matt Riedl on their quest for freebies at the Kansas State Fair.

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