I love the fair. The first year I went as a I did not care for it much (mostly cause my dad said we could keep all the $ we didn't spend, so I was super frugal). As an adult I went with my hubby, who has gone every year since childhood. He said the key is to try lots of food and not worry about the $. Since I have always looked forward to the fair. Besides food there is a ton of stuff to look at and do for free too. My favorites: frozen cider pops, fried green tomatoes, crepes with strawberries & whip cream, pickle dogs, and anything NEW (like the Rubens on a stick the year before last). My husband loves the milk shakes, while your there look at the dairy princesses busts made out of butter. My kids love the slide and all the animals- especially the baby animal barn.