Healthier alternatives to Iowa State Fair sweets

By Delta Dental on Thursday, August 2, 2018


The most wonderful time of the year is almost here. That’s right! The Iowa State Fair.

The sights of millions of people, the sounds of children hollering with excitement in the Thrill Parks and the smells of deep-fat fried food arrive at the fairgrounds on August 9.

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Those sweet fair treats can be hard on your teeth.

Speaking of fried food — we all know the Iowa State Fair is famous for having almost any type of food you can imagine on a stick. Most of the fair favorites are fried, but did you know there are healthy alternatives at the fair, too?

Sticky candy and fried foods aren’t the best choices to fuel our bodies and can also be harmful to our teeth.

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Mix up what you are indulging in at the Iowa State Fair this summer by seeking out one of these healthier options.

Healthy fare at the Iowa State Fair

We’ve made it easy for you and mapped out just where to find these great choices:

Applishus – Multiple locations (Cultural Center, Agriculture Building, Triangle, east canopy of Varied Industries, northwest corner of Walnut Square)

  • Fruit-on-a-stick
  • Salad-on-a-stick
  • Fresh-pressed juice

B & S Concessions – West side of the Bill Riley Stage

  • Grilled chicken breast sandwich

Beattie’s – West side of the Giant Slide

  • Fruit-melon cup
  • Fruit-mixed cup

Cindy’s Place – Southwest of Livestock Pavilion

  • Scrambled eggs

G Mig’s Wrap Stand – Southeast of the Varied Industries Building

  • Strawberry shaker salad

Iowa Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association – Agricultural Building main floor under SW stairs

  • Apple
  • Dill pickle

Veggie Table – North of Varied Industries Building, west of Main Entrance

  • Veggie combo

Iowa Pork producers – South of the Animal Learning Center, on Grand Concourse

  • Grilled pork chop-on-a-stick

If you do indulge in sticky, sugary foods, check out these tooth-friendly tips to protect your pearly whites. 

Looking for other ways to stay healthy at the fair? Join the Healthiest State Initiative every morning from 9:30-10 a.m. for Fitness on the Hill at Expo Hill. Find the full schedule of workouts here.

Blog content provided by Delta Dental of Iowa, a proud supporter of the Healthiest State Initiative and Get Your Bib On.