News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Northeast Ohio Medical University

Akron General

The Holden Arboretum


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Government


What's the best fair food? You decide.
Ohio State Fair brackets show lots of favorites, but one a deep-fried food is the winner
by WKSU's ANDY CHOW


Reporter
Andy Chow
 
Fairgoers fill out statehouse correspondent Andy Chow's fair food bracket.
Courtesy of Andy Chow
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

When you go to the fair, you can choose from activities ranging from rides to games to exhibits. But it is safe to say that no matter what you do, you will also be grabbing a bite to eat. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow set out on a mission to discover what is Ohio’s No. 1 fair food.

LISTEN: CHOW ON FAIR FOOD

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (4:08)


Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow was at the Ohio State Fair to answer the age-old question: What is the best fair food?

The winner was decided March Madness style. We listed the 16 best foods you could find at the fair and put them on a bracket. Just like March Madness, the list includes favorites like elephant ears, gyros and funnel cakes, and there are underdogs, like the doughnut burger and corndogs. Andy Chow walked around the fair, talked to fairgoers, had them fill out the bracket and found a winner.

Decisions, decisions
Donna's final match-up was gyros against lemon shake-ups.
"Yeah, [the shake-up] is refreshing," Donna says. "It's just a drink..."
"So really the ideal meal would be a gyro…" Chow suggests.
"With a lemon shake-up," Donna concludes. "Yeah, absolutely. Something refreshing."


Olivia prefers the deep-fried fair classics, elephant ears and funnel cakes.
But "funnel cakes is the winner," she says.
"You had a big match here, too, elephant ears against funnel cakes. That’s a big rivalry—that’s like Duke, North Carolina or OSU, Michigan."

Seven-year-old Avery from Grove City favored sweets.
"Alright, you’ve got the biggest decision right now," Chow says. "You’ve got elephant ears versus ice cream. Which one do you like more?"
"Ice cream," Avery says.
"And why is that?" Chow asks.
"Because it’s good."

Donna Jones has a battle between salty and sweet on her bracket, pitting fries against ice cream.
"The winner’s gonna be the fries," Jones says. "Oh, the bacon bits, the cheese—I’m talking the loaded fries—every year."

The front-runner
Half-way through the process, it has become clear that funnel cakes is a big favorite. And of course, just as with any other bracket, there are some tough decisions.
Karina's stuck between funnel cakes and gyros.
"It’s a hard decision," Karina says.
"What if you had all the makings of a gyro wrapped in a funnel cake?" Chow says.
"Wow," Karina responds. "That would be pretty interesting."
"So, what’s the final decision in this championship match?" Chow asks?
"I’m gonna have to say funnel cakes," Chow says. "That’s more of the fair food, anyway. Gyros you can get not at the fair, but funnel cakes are the fair food."

Hannah, who was crowned Queen of the Belgian horse breed, favored fried foods. Her finals were between funnel cakes and bloomin' onions
"Oh gosh," Hannah says. "That’s a really tough decision that’s like something I get like 10 times a week and my mom yells at me. Yeah, I’m gonna have to go with funnel cakes cause I can’t ever finish a whole bloomin’ onion."

And the winner is...
After counting the votes, the big winner is, well, the frontrunner: funnel cakes. They beat out the second-place contender, fair ice cream.
Allen from Florida runs the funnel cake stand at the Ohio State Fair. He says the secret to funnel cake's success is their nostalgic charm.

"It’s a family tradition," Allen says. "It’s been going back to 80, 100 years, somewhere in there and everybody loves funnel cakes and powdered sugar."

But you needn't heed our tally: 
Fill out your own fair food bracket here

Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

Massive pipeline planned to pump Ohio shale products to Texas
This needs stopped. Ohioans pay the price, putting up with pollution, leaks, explosions, and the top one percent profit from exporting fracked product to China.

National Weather Service confirms three tornado touchdowns yesterday
I was driving back from a party and was caught in the middle of a large thunderstorm. The hail and lightning were a whole light closer than usual, is something ...

Another Indians season opens with Chief Wahoo under scrutiny
The picture you have for Robert rocha is not him. He has long hair. No idea who that guy is in that picture

Portman predicts McDonald's confirmation, but says it won't be easy
I sent the following note to Senator Blumenthal after reading commentary from yesterday's hearing: Senator, You certainly have the right to ask Mr. McDonald que...

Seven minutes changed everything, but what changed Ashford Thompson?
He shot the guy four times in the head. I have never been that drunk or mad, and I have been through it. Shoot a guy once is bad, maybe a mistake, shoot a guy f...

First cricket farm in the U.S. opens in Youngstown
I am interested in cricket flour to replace soy flour in a low carbohydrate diet. As soon as you have cricket flour available for the average person, please le...

New process starts digesting sludge in Wooster
Awesome! When do our sewage rates decrease accordingly?

Akron's Chapel Hill Mall in foreclosure
Not a surprise. Between the shoplifting, gangs and violence that goes on up there it is no wonder that no one feels safe to shop at Chapel Hill. They have sca...

Ohio launches investigation into at least one Concept charter school
I worked at Noble Academy Cleveland as admin assistant and enrolment coordinator for 6 years, I know this is so valid and true and can provide staff names and p...

Copyright © 2014 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University