Live from the Wienermobile: The State Fair

Dispatches from the Road, Food & Wine, Parties, Festivals & Events — By on October 13, 2008 at 11:45 am

Here’s the latest on-the-road dispatch from our Wienermobile girls. You can read more about their hot dogging adventures by clicking here.

Is there anything more American than a state fair? Probably only a state fair in Tulsa, OK, behind the wheel of a giant hot dog, next to a massive monument. We spent last week at the Tulsa State Fair, where after passing out Wiener Whistles and showing off our favorite hot dog on wheels, we ate too much fried and chocolate-dipped foods, spun around on more than a few Tilta Whirls, and enjoyed the end of summer surrounded by some of the most American Americana around. Here are a few highlights from the trip:

What does it take to carve this butter statue? Close to 900 pounds of the fat, at least 133 hours of work, and a thermostat set around 40 degrees. That’s impressive.Butter Statue

Fair food is usually delicious, but it’s also rich and definitely quirky. Amongst the fried and chocolate-dipped selections (including fried brownies, fried bread tacos and chocolate-covered cheesecake), we indulged in a chocolate-dipped pickle. The consensus: Pickles are tasty, chocolate is divine – but they’re not soul mates.

Erected in 1953 during Oklahoma’s oil hey day, this 76-foot statue – called Golden Oil: Titanic Driller – is now the state’s official monument. We think it looks even better next to a Wienermobile.

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