Deep-Fried Decadence: Our Favorite State Fair Foods Include Rattlesnake Corndogs!

Delicious, definitely-not-on-your-diet state fair foods

Our favorite state fair foods
Our favorite state fair foods

When it comes to over-the-top treats, nothing beats carnival fare.

Every state fair has it's own selection of snacks that pay homage to the area, and they're often times on a stick or dropped in the fryer.

Sample these mouthwatering favorites — part of our 100 Reasons to Love America package — then maybe steer clear of the rides.

Check out the full list of 100 Reasons in this week's issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

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Strawberry Shortcake Sopapillas

<p>Texas State Fair</p> Strawberry shortcake sopapillas

Texas State Fair

Strawberry shortcake sopapillas

State Fair of Texas in Dallas

Texas Holy Sopapilla Factory is bringing Tex-Mex flavors with a twist as fun as the fair's rides. Fried dough bites are topped with powdered sugar, strawberries, mini marshmallows, strawberry sauce and whipped cream on each plate. Plus, the stand has other sopapillas channeling classic treats like the Bourbon Banana Caramel Sopapillas and Cinnamon Toast Crunch Sopapillas. Sept. 27-Oct. 20

Rattlesnake Corndog

<p>Waffle Chix concession stand</p> Rattlesnake corn dog

Waffle Chix concession stand

Rattlesnake corn dog

North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh

For a scaly interpretation of a classic corndog, Pioneer Wagon is the place for you. Bratwurst-style snake sausage (caught in Texas) is battered, fried and served with avocado salsa aptly called "venom sauce." Oct. 17-27.

Potato Cakes

<p>Wilson County Fair - TN State Fair</p> Potato cakes

Wilson County Fair - TN State Fair

Potato cakes

Tennessee State Fair in Lebanon

The Los Papas Locas from Tennessee Tatercakes are, well, crazy. The sweet potato tots topped with pulled chicken, beans, corn, cotija cheese and avocado sauce are just one of many stacked potato options. Aug. 15-24

Crab Cake Egg Rolls

<p>Jimmy's Famous Seafood</p> Crab cake egg rolls

Jimmy's Famous Seafood

Crab cake egg rolls

Maryland State Fair in Timonium

Jimmy's Famous Seafood's fried egg roll are stuffed with cream cheese and crab cake and drizzled with mango ponzu and spicy mayo. The handheld bites were crowned the state fair's best savory new food item last summer. Aug. 22-25, Aug. 29-Sept. 2

Fry-Stuffed Milkshake

Fry-stuffed milkshake
Fry-stuffed milkshake

Washington State Fair in Puyallup

For a sweet-salty bite-slurp, Route 66 Pizza is the spot for you. Their chocolate shake is rimmed with Fruity Pebbles cereal and topped with French fries so fans can dip in-between sips. Aug. 30-Sept. 22

Dole Whip in a Whole Pineapple

Dole Whip-stuffed pineapple
Dole Whip-stuffed pineapple

Great New York State Fair in Syracuse

The beloved Disney staple, a soft serve dessert made with frozen pineapple instead of dairy, gets supersized and served in a fresh, cored fruit at Tropical Delights. Aug. 21-Sept. 2

Hot Cheeto Chicken Sandwich

<p>Midway Gourmet/Arizona State Fair</p> Hot Cheeto chicken sandwich

Midway Gourmet/Arizona State Fair

Hot Cheeto chicken sandwich

Arizona State Fair in Phoenix

The radioactive red-colored sandwich has won “Best in Show” for other fairs, which doesn't come as a surprise when Biggy’s fried chicken is doused in melted cheddar cheese and covered in Flamin' Hot Cheetos crumbs. Sept. 20-Oct. 27

Dill Pickle Cheese Curd Tacos

<p>Richie O'Neil</p> Dill pickle cheese curd taco

Richie O'Neil

Dill pickle cheese curd taco

Minnesota State Fair in Falcon Heights

Richie’s Cheese Curd Tacos is serving up just what their name implies, but with a kick. Deep-fried tacos are filled with dill-flavored cheddar cheese curds and topped with raspberry chipotle sauce and a little lettuce for a spin on the cheesy midwestern product. Aug. 22-Sept. 2

Ice Cream Nachos

<p>Illinois State Fair</p> Ice cream nachos

Illinois State Fair

Ice cream nachos

Illinois State Fair in Springfield

The ice cream nachos from Dippin Mervs are like a deconstructed ice cream sundae. Waffle cone "chips" are coated in caramel sauce and ice cream so there's no spoon required. Aug. 8-18

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