America, Land of the Fried Food

So maybe you think the best thing about state fairs is funnel cake. Since funnel cake is a foodgasmic taste sensation, you could be right about that. Still, there’s more to the fair than fried foods, carnies, and the Gravitron. With the South Florida Fair sharing its ground with the picturesque Yesteryear Village in West Palm Beach through January 30, there’s plenty of room for sideshows. (Sorry, no bearded ladies here.) On Thursday alone, events will include three performances of the Kandu Magic Show at 12:30, 3:30, and 7 p.m. in Yesteryear Village; five presentations of the music choreographed Laser Show at 1:30, 3:30, 5:30, 7:30, and 9:30 at the Expo Center; three chances to watch the Extreme Canine Stunt Dog Show at 1:30, 4, and 3:30 p.m. on the main South Florida Fairgrounds; and the Bike Nite Parade at 6:30 p.m., also on the fairgrounds. But don’t worry; you old-fashioned types can still puke funnel cake on the Gravitron with the carnies too. Ah, nostalgia. The South Florida Fair Grounds is located at 9067 Southern Blvd. in West Palm Beach. The fair opens at noon Monday through Friday and at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more info and a full schedule of events, visit southfloridafair.com or call 561-793-0333.
Thu., Jan. 20, 1:30 p.m., 2011
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Rebecca McBane is the arts and culture/food editor for New Times Broward-Palm Beach. She began her journalism career at the Sun Sentinel's community newspaper offshoot, Forum Publishing Group, where she worked as the editorial assistant and wrote monthly features as well as the weekly library and literature column, "Shelf Life." After a brief stint bumming around London's East End (for no conceivable reason, according to her poor mother), she returned to real life and South Florida to start at New Times as the editorial assistant in 2009. A native Floridian, Rebecca avoids the sun and beach at all costs and can most often be found in a well-air-conditioned space with the glow of a laptop on her face.
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