If you're looking for a truly all-American experience there is nothing quite like going to a state fair. Back in the 1800s, state fairs began as trade shows for local farmers but over the years have transformed into extravagant, large-scale events that celebrate the distinctive culture, traditions, and eccentricities which are synonymous with each state. 

At most state fairs these days you will find traditionally delicious food, such as corn dogs and donuts, along with carnival games, amusement park rides, arts and crafts shows and car and motorcycle racing. Some state fairs even host huge music concerts with superstar headline acts such as Demi Lovato, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban.

We have gathered some of the best state fairs across the USA that are simply too good to miss. So why not take a look at the selection here and get inspired for your next trip!

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