States Are Converting Their State Fairs into Drive-Thrus for the Summer

Just because we're social distancing doesn't mean we can't still indulge in our favorite fair foods this summer!

Summer is right around the corner, which means we’ll be whipping up all of our favorite summertime recipes and sitting poolside, sipping the new White Claw flavors—while social distancing, of course. We are a little bummed about missing out on all the goodies from the state fair, though. Who can turn down corn dogs and fried Oreos?

The good news is: now you don’t have to miss out on your fair favorites.

State Fairs Are Going ‘To-Go’

A handful of states in the U.S. have announced drive-thru state fairs in which you can go snag all your once-a-year delicacies to-go. Officials in Syracuse, New York, have already confirmed hours of operation for the next two weekends, from 1 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The tasty lineup includes classics like fried Oreos, fried Twinkies, candy apples and funnel cakes, all available to-go.

Of course, everyone is respecting social distancing etiquette, too. Employees will be wearing face masks and delivering food to cars without drivers having to step foot outside. It’s the perfect weekend plan for families (and little ones with a sweet tooth).

After hitting the state fair drive-thru, why not hit up a restaurant drive-in?

Is My State Doing a State Fair Drive-Thru?

While not every state has confirmed a state fair drive-thru, plenty of places are jumping on board with the idea. The Big Fresno Fair in California, will sell hot dogs, fries and funnel cakes via a drive-thru during their “Fair Food Features” for the next few weekends. Missouri, Florida, Ohio and Louisiana are also throwing state fair drive-thrus of their own.

We’re not sure if this trend will sweep the nation, but keep an eye on your local state fair in the coming weeks just in case! This summer isn’t complete without all the deep-fried delicacies you can handle (and we don’t plan to go without them this year).

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Laurie Dixon
Having a passion for writing her whole life, Laurie joined the Taste of Home team to bring together her two favorite things—creative writing and food. She spends most of her time playing with her dog, drafting up short stories and, of course, trying out new recipes.