This is so not the case anymore. Judging the best chicken in all the land is foreign and weird, as is eating much of the fried food within. Now, the fair is an opportunity to live, for an evening or so, in Americas kinder/gentler/sweeter past (which wasnt really as lovely as your fried dough might make you believe). Theres no better place for this than at the South Florida Fair. Its got livestock shows, vendors, people in Stetson hats, and a ride called The Fireball thatll make you toss your cookies all over your fresh-ironed, plaid shirt. Ah, tradition.
Find the fair at 9067 Southern Blvd. in West Palm Beach. It opens at noon each weekday and 10 a.m. on weekends through February 1. Call 561-793-0333, or visit southfloridafair.com for more info.
Jan. 16-Feb. 1, noon, 2009