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Video: Giada hits up the state fair

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updated 8/9/2007 11:02:08 AM ET 2007-08-09T15:02:08

Discover the charm and fun of the state fair — a long-held tradition for states across the farm belt. There, alongside the rides and inevitable fried dough stand, the farming way of life is celebrated. Find out what's going on at your local state fair:

Massachusetts
September 14-30
West Springfield, MA
http://www.thebige.com/

It's not called "The Big E" for no reason! Come and experience the largest fair in the Northeast. You'll enjoy the sights, sounds and mouth-watering aromas of the fall season at The Big E. It's an extravaganza of free performers (Brooke Hogan and Taylor Hicks to name a couple),major exhibits, rides, animals, shopping and foods from around the world.

Want more? "The Big E" features a three show daily European-Style circus with flying trapeze and balancing acts. Let yourself (and hundreds of beads) go at the daily Mardi Gras parade. Immerse yourself in quintessential New England by visiting all six states — at once! Take a stroll along the Avenue of States and you'll see impressive replicas of each New England state's original statehouse; the buildings are sitting on land actually owned by that state.

New York
August 23-September 3
Syracuse, New York
http://www.nysfair.org/fair

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"Gotta be there!" The New York State Fair entertained close to one million fairgoers just last year. What are all these people flocking to see? Agricultural exhibits, thrilling rides, cultural villages, a star-studded concert lineup, animals, exhibits, culinary treats and displays fill the 375 acres of entertainment. Yes, 375 acres! See live performances from the biggest names in entertainment: Hootie & The Blowfish, Linkin Park , My Chemical Romance, and the American Idols Live Enjoy midway rides and skill games. And, most importantly, savor endless amounts of mouth-watering food from around the country.

Arizona
October 12-November 4
Phoenix, Arizona
http://www.azstatefair.com/

It began as a small territorial gathering 123 years ago. Now, well, it's a much different gathering. The Arizona Exposition and State Fair is today one of the best-attended state fairs in the country. Hundreds of thousands of residents from across the state storm the fair each year. They come year after year to enjoy its foods, exhibits, and entertainment. Eat a deep fried Twinkie, pet a pot-bellied pig, and see a great concert all in the same day. Or be a farmer for a day! Kids can learn how to plow, plant and tend to the chickens in a 19,000 sq ft exhibit. Believe me; this is a real day in the life! Ride around in a mini tractor ride, orange pick, harvest vegetables, collect eggs and milk a cow. What else could you want from a state fair?

Arkansas
October 12-21
N. Little Rock, Arkansas
http://www.arkansasstatefair.com/fair/index.php

With over 430,000 patrons every year, it's no wonder the Arkansas State Fair is known to be an experience that will "keep you on the edge of your seat." Forget the petting zoo, and stand inches from live sharks swimming in a 7,000-gallon tank! Or watch as a diver jumps in the tank and swims with the most dangerous creature of the sea. Experience live alligator wrestling right in front of your eyes. Hold on tight! The 10-acre midway is filled with carnival rides, games and amusements and a country rodeo. Food is, of course, never ending. If that wasn't enough to heighten your senses, the fair also boasts free concerts, children's shows, and motor sports.

Wisconsin
August 2-12
West Allis, Wisconsin
http://www.wistatefair.com/home/2007_fair/index.html
It's that time of year again. Wear your cowboy hat and get country! The Wisconsin State Fair is filled with thousands of animals, foods-on-a-stick, free entertainment stages, and hundreds of heart-pumping carnival rides. Cheer on your favorite potbelly pig as it races for your applause. Watch jumps and bumps at the BMX Park. Or see heart pumping veggie races! You heard me; put your veggie meals on wheels and race to the finish line! Shop 'til you drop, literally, at the 200,000 sq. ft. air-conditioned Expo Center. But, whatever you do, save some cash for a finger-lickin' good cream puff.

1) Alabama
October 19-28
Mobile, Alabama
http://www.mobilefair.com

2) Colorado
August 24-September 3
Pueblo, Colorado
http://www.coloradostatefair.com/

3) Hawaii
August 27-30
Wailuku, Hawaii
http://www.gohawaii.com/event?id=2033

4) Kansas
September 7-16
Hutchinson, Kansas
http://www.kansasstatefair.com/

5) Massachusetts
September 14-30
West Springfield, MA
http://www.thebige.com/

6) Montana
Passed

7) New Mexico
September 7-23
Albuquerque, New Mexico
http://www.exponm.com/fair/

8) Oklahoma
September 13-23
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
http://www.okstatefair.com/

9) South Dakota
August 30-September 3
Huron, South Dakota
http://www.sdstatefair.com/

10) Virginia
September 27-October 7
Richmond, Virginia
http://www.statefairva.org/

11) Alaska
August 23-Sep 3
Matanuska-Susitna Valley, Alaska
http://www.alaskastatefair.org/

12) Connecticut
(several different fairs)
http://www.ctfairs.org/

13) Idaho
August 17-26
Boise, Idaho
http://www.idahofair.com/

14) Kentucky
August 16-26
Louisville, Kentucky
http://www.kyfairexpo.org/

15) Michigan
August 22-September 3
Detroit, Michigan
http://www.michigan.gov/mistatefair/0,1607,7-109--150848--,00.html

16) Nebraska
August 24-September 3
Lincoln, Nebraska
http://www.statefair.org/index.asp

17) New York
August 23-September 3
Syracuse, New York
http://www.nysfair.org/fair< http://www.nysfair.org/fair

18) Oregon
August 24-September 1
Salem, Oregon
http://www.oregonstatefair.org/

19) Tennessee
September 7-16
Nashville, Tennessee
http://www.tennesseestatefair.org/

20) Washington
August 23-September 3
Monroe, WA
http://www.evergreenfair.org/

21) Arizona
October 12-November 4
Phoenix, Arizona
http://www.azstatefair.com/

22) Delaware
Passed

23) Illinois
August 10-19
Springfield, Illinois
http://www.agr.state.il.us/isf/

23) Louisiana
October 25-November 4
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
http://www.gbrsf.com/

25) Minnesota
August 23-September 3
St. Paul, Minnesota
http://www.mnstatefair.org/

26) Nevada
August 22-26
Reno, Nevada
http://www.nvstatefair.com/component/option,com_frontpage/Itemid,1/

27) North Carolina
October 12-21
Raleigh, North Carolina
http://www.ncstatefair.org/2007a/

28) Pennsylvania
Passed

29) Texas
September 28-August 21
Dallas, Texas
http://www.bigtex.com/

30) West Virginia
August 10-18
Lewisburg, West Virginia
http://www.wvstatefair.com/

31) Arkansas
October 12-21
N. Little Rock, Arkansas
http://www.arkansasstatefair.com/fair/index.php

32) Florida
Passed

33) Indiana
August 8-19
Indianapolis, Indiana
http://www.state.in.us/statefair/

34) Maine
Passed

35) Mississippi
October 3-14
Jackson, Mississippi
http://www.mdac.state.ms.us/n_library/departments/fair_com/index_fair.html

36) New Hampshire
August 30-September 3
Hopkinton, New Hampshire
http://www.hsfair.org/

37) North Dakota
Passed

38) Rhode Island
No state fair

39) Utah
September 6-16
Salt Lake City, Utah
http://www.utah-state-fair.com/pn/index.php?module=Pagesetter&func=viewpub&tid=3&pid=1

40) Wisconsin
August 2-12
West Allis, Wisconsin
http://www.wistatefair.com/home/2007_fair/index.html

41) California
August 17-September 3
Sacramento, California
http://www.bigfun.org/fair/index.asp

42) Georgia
September 25-30
Macon, Georgia
http://georgiastatefair.org/site2/home.php

43) Iowa
August 9-19
Des Moines, Iowa
http://www.iowastatefair.org/

44) Maryland
August 24-September 3
Timonium, Maryland
http://www.bcpl.net/~mdstfair/

45) Missouri
August 9-19
Sedalia, Missouri
http://www.mostatefair.com/

46) New Jersey
August 3-12
Sussex County, New Jersey
http://www.njstatefair.org/

47) Ohio
August 1-12
Columbus, Ohio
http://www.ohiostatefair.com/osf/osf1.htm

48) South Carolina
October 10-21
Columbia, South Carolina
http://www.scstatefair.org/

49) Vermont
Passed

50) Wyoming
August 11-18
Douglas, Wyoming
http://www.wystatefair.com/

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