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2016 Golden Abe's Fantastic Fair Food

Click to See the 2016 Golden Abe's Food Award Winners!

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 very traditional, like the Corndog or Salt Water Taffy, other items on the menu can be a little wacky!  That's part of the fun! Discovering the next wild concoction is what the Golden Abe’s Fantastic Fair Food Competition is all about!

The Golden Abe's pit fair food vendor against fair food vendor.  Any food vendor at the 2016 Illinois State Fair can enter this competition sponsored by the fair and the Springfield State Journal Register.  Vendors have until August 5th to register to participate in this crowd-favorite contest!

Vendor food will be judged for "Most Creative" and "Best Taste" with winners named in each category, as well as an overall winner who will walk away with the title, "Abe's Choice."  1st round judging will take place on Thursday, August 11th at noon in the Emmerson building.  Finalist judging and award presentation will take place at 3:00pm on Friday, August 12th on the Lincoln Stage.

Once again this year, we are asking fairgoers to help us choose the winner of the "People’s Choice" Award.  Look for contestant posters on the stands of the vendors entered in the contest and cast your vote by texting 217-441-2700 with the vendor number.  You can also cast your vote in the Space Rental Office located in the north wing of the Emmerson Building. 

As you're walking the fairgrounds this year be on the lookout for our Golden Abe award winners.  They will have signs posted at their concession stands showing off their big Illinois State Fair accomplishments!  Be sure to tour the grounds and sample some of these creative concoctions!​