The food vendors are everywhere, and as I walked with my family, the smells were tempting at every tent and trailor. One that really caught my eye was a tent where Sherry Tavington was cooking gator on a stick. I asked her what the recipe was.
"We batter it with a little bit of a cajun kick to it. You know, you want your gator with some cajun kick for sure. Then we give it a homemade rimalaud sauce to dip in," she said. "We're selling a ton of 'em out here. Everybody seems to be loving gator on a stick."
It looks a lot like chicken on a stick. We asked two guys who were just finishing up how they liked it.
"I've had gator before, but this is real good," said one of the fellas.
After the eats, we made our way to the petting zoo, where my little girl fed a yak, some sheep, a camel and some goats. The it was the pig races. Pigs from various weight categories and from locations as close as Kosciusko and as far away as Hawaii did their best to avoid the temptation of a mid-race track slop bowl to be the first to the finish line.
Man kissing a pig at the pig races:
Also on the midway was the opportunity to see at least two different snake-women, a genie in a bottle, the world's smallest living woman and a two-headed baby.
We perused displays from the Future Farmers of America and left through the livestock area. The State Fair is open through Oct. 14.
Eva feeds the animals: