2019 Golden Abe's Fantastic Fair Food

One of the best things about coming to the Illinois State Fair is sampling all the mouth-watering fair food. While some fair food is traditional — like the Corn Dog or Salt Water Taffy — other items on the menu can be very creative and a little wacky! That's part of the fun, and fun is what it is all about! Discovering the next wild concoction is the main goal of the Golden Abe's Fantastic Fair Food Competition, graciously sponsored by the Springfield State Journal-Register.

The Golden Abe's Competition pits vendor against vendor, allowing vendors to showcase their talents and imagination. Any food vendor at the 2019 Illinois State Fair can enter this competition. The registration deadline to participate is August 3, 2019, so don't hesitate to sign up for this crowd-favorite contest! Winners not only receive a sign to place in their location to announce they came out on top, but vendors also get notoriety by being showcased on the Illinois State Fair website and in the State Journal-Register!

Again in 2019, we are asking fairgoers to assist in choosing the winner of the "People's Choice" Award! Look for contestant posters on the stands of the vendors that enter in the contest and cast your vote by texting. (Please check back later for texting details.) 

As you're walking the fairgrounds this year, be on the lookout for our Golden Abe's award winners. They will have signs posted at concession stands, showing off their Illinois State Fair accomplishments! Be sure to tour the grounds and sample some of these creative concoctions! You might just find a new favorite to add to your "must have" list of fair food!