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These Photos Make The Case For Bringing Back Funnel Cakes (and Other Fair Foods) In 2021

All of the fried foods we may (or may not) have missed will soon be back as fairs, festivals, and carnivals make a comeback.

Posted on August 27, 2021, at 12:52 p.m. ET

The year 2020 robbed us of the annual opportunity to gather in mass to ride all the rides, play all the games, and enjoy an array of glazed, fried, jumbo size portions of food at the local fair. But with more of the population getting vaccinated against COVID-19, fall of 2021 is looking promising for those who love to attend the fairground and the vendors who cook up all the tasty options.

These photos remind us of foods you rarely consume outside of a carnival or fair atmosphere, and perhaps excite some folks at the chance to return.

A large statue of a cowboy looks over the fair grounds in Dallas, Texas
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Big Tex, the mascot of the State Fair of Texas, looks over fair attendees and corndogs in Dallas in 2015.

A child licks an ice cream cone and carries a stuffed dog on his shoulders while attending a fair
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A boy enjoys an ice cream cone while balancing his oversized stuffed dog on his shoulders at the North Carolina State Fair in 2010.

A large crowd of people attends a fair
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A large crowd is seen attending a carnival in 1979.

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A hot dog vendor serves customers outside Comic-Con International in San Diego in 2018.

Close up view of corndogs and hot dog sausages
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Free corndogs and hot dogs on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, in 2008.

A female worker at a funnel cake stand passes a guest a cake
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A vendor at the 1998 Orange County Fair serves up another funnel cake for the crowd.

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A group of boys drink lemonate at the 2008 Ultimate Kid Festival.

Bags of cotton candy are seen hanging on a vendor cart at the State Fair of Texas
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Cotton candy on display and ready for fair-goers at the 2015 State Fair of Texas.

Fair attendees order food at a corndog stand on a rainy day at the Iowa State Fair
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Visitors order snacks from a concession stand at the 2004 Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa.

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Food is displayed with a fun message for attendees at the 2012 West Virginia State in Lewisburg, West Virginia.

Rows of corn are seen behind a blue ribbon award at the Iowa State Fair
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A blue ribbon is displayed next to rows of corn at the 2015 Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa.


A woman feeds her son a food item at the Iowa State Fair
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A mother gives her son his first bite of deep fried butter-on-a-stick at the 2011 Iowa State Fair.

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Teenagers line up to order food at the 2021 Kentucky State Fair.

Two people eat popcorn and sit on a curb with prizes from the Minnesota State Fair
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A couple rests on the curb with french fries and a stuffed dog they won by standing up a beer bottle game on the Midway of the Minnesota State Fair, 2003.

Two children hold rainbow colored snow cones at the county fair in Maine
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Children enjoying striped ice-cream at a county fair in Maine on the 4th of July 1979.

A female worker stands under cotton candy at the Colorado State Fair
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A cotton candy vendor awaits customers at the 2009 Colorado State Fair.

A person holds a sugar topped funnel cake in hand at the Maryland State Fair
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An attendee of the 2012 Maryland State Fair enjoys a funnel cake at the amusement park.

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Guests at the 2011 State Fair of Texas assess their food options.

Three young females hold up corn on the cob and hold cups at the state fair
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Three girls enjoyed an ear of corn in front of the Corn Roast stand at the state fair in 1996.

A child looks up at two barrels that spin pink and blue cotton candy
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A girl has her eye on cotton candy machines at the Virginia State Fair in Richmond, VA, 2002.

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A young boy takes a bite of hamburger at the 2014 Falcon Heights State Fair.

A ferris wheel and cotton candy stand light up the evening sky at the Green Man Festival
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A small ferris wheel and cotton candy stand light up the evening at the 2011 Green Man Festival.


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