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Best kid-friendly new NC State fair food

WRAL.com 14 October, 2021 - 01:01pm

Posted October 12, 2021 8:00 a.m. EDT

— Taking the kids to the fair isn't cheap, especially when they want to eat there.

If you plan to take your children to the N.C. State Fair this year, you will either want to stick with the old standbys (hot dogs, pizza, hamburgers, funnel cake, etc.) or you could try something new. With so many new items on tap, I decided to ask my 9-year-old son, Colton, to weigh in on his favorites.

We went to the N.C. State Fair media lunch to sample of the new items on Monday. These were Colton's favorites.

Bayshore Services: Fresh Creamy Lemonade - He loves sweet and sour flavors and this was just tart enough for him to love.

Oak City Fish and Chips: Lobster Pop - My son could not get enough of this freshly fried lobster on a stick. It was perfectly seasoned.

Tropical Delights: Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie - This is the place that serves the smoothies inside of giant hollowed out pineapples. They upped their game this year bu serving an entire slice of New York style cheesecake inside a strawberry smoothie. They serve it inside a 24 oz. martini cup. It's decadent. 

My son's absolute favorite thing hands down (went back for seconds!) was Bubba's Bacon's Bacon Bourbon Chicken on a Stick. Maybe it's because he loves bacon, but my son gave this the stamp of kid-approval. My son loves to get their maple bacon on a stick every year, so this just gives him more to try.

Hot Chix Hotcakes & Chicken: Twisted Chicken on Tots - This is basically a tater tot parfait with mac and cheese, fried chicken and either buffalo, barbecue or garlic parmesan sauce. My son wasn't a fan of this one, but it was super kid-friendly. He isn't a fan of mac and cheese, but this dish is great for anyone who isn't afraid of their food touching! I liked it. 

Now my son loved these two items but they were spicy! If your child isn't a fan of heat, then you might want to avoid these:

The N.C. State Fair runs Oct. 14-24 at the fairgrounds. Tickets are on sale now. There are a few changes, including a clear bag policy. Vaccinations aren't required for entry and masks are optional. Find out more about what's new this year.

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