Fair Food

Twenty-eight new foods will be featured at the 2022 Clay County Fair powered by SMU, including five finalists for the “The World’s Greatest County Fair Food” Contest.

Roasted Corn con todo

Roasted corn (Ormic Concessions)

Prepared in the traditional style of south Texas, the corn is roasted in the husk.  After roasting, the husk is peeled back and choices are added: butter, mayonnaise, red chili sauce or powder and grated Mexican Cotija cheese. Most prefer the “con todo” option – “with everything!”

Lasanga Griller

Lasagna Griller (Girl’d Cheese)

Italian sausage, a yummy ricotta mixture, gooey mozzarella and marinara sauce all grilled into a crisp sandwich.  No need for a fork!

bacon balls

Berkshire Bacon Ball on a Stick (Side Door Concessions)

A bacon meatball made with Berkwood Farms bacon and stuffed with a homemade bacon cheese, wrapped with two pieces of bacon, smoked, dipped in bbq sauce, and on a stick.

Deep Fried Deviled Eggs

Deep Fried Deviled Eggs (Iowa Egg Council)

A Midwest classic with a crispy twist!  Panko breaded egg whites with a pickled yoke sauce that would make grandma proud.  Served six pieces per order and enough sauce to cover 'em all.

Brisket Nachos

Brisket Nachos (Gobblestop Turkey Shop)

Nachos with cheese covered with slow cooked smoked brisket and topped with some more nacho cheese, BBQ sauce and jalapenos if you'd like.

Beside the finalists, other new foods at the upcoming Fair include:

  • Love you Tender (punchy crispy chicken) - Little Blue Elephant
  • Little Mermaids (shrimp tempura) - Little Blue Elephant
  • Pistol Pete's "Almost World Famous" deep-fried pretzels - Smith Concessions
  • Brisket - Gobblestop Turkey Shop
  • Mac's Cristo - McCreary’s Creative Catering
  • S’mores crumble waffle - Nordic Waffles
  • Roasted Corn in a Cup - Ormic Concessions
  • Horchata - Ormic Concessions
  • Chocolate Dipped Espresso Beans - Ground to Perfection
  • Handcrafted Gourmet Popsicles - Boji Blends
  • Bacon Pecan Pie - Side Door Concessions
  • Chicken bacon ranch ball - Side Door Concessions
  • Walt's Lemonade Creamsicle - Side Door Concessions
  • Mini Donut Latte - Black Earth Java
  • Red Bull Spritzers - Black Earth Java
  • Lotus Energy drinks - Black Earth Java
  • Italian Sodas - Black Earth Java
  • Creamosas - Black Earth Java
  • Chocolate covered espresso beans - Black Earth Java
  • Freeze Dried Candies - Da Bomb Candy
  • Cluck’n Coop Egg-O-Fuego - Iowa Egg Council
  • Chicken & Egg Salad on Indian Fry Bread - Iowa Egg Council
  • Egg Nog Iced Coffee - Iowa Egg Council

"The World's Greatest County Fair Food" Contest

“The World’s Greatest County Fair Food” Contest will be judged by a panel of local celebrity judges on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 2:30pm on the Northwest Bank Stage with one vendor taking home the coveted title of “The World’s Greatest County Fair Food.”

"People's Choice" Award

In addition to “The World’s Greatest County Fair Food,” there will again be the “People’s Choice” Award. Fairgoers can sample the five finalists and cast their vote at any of the Fair’s information booths from Saturday, September 10 through Wednesday, September 14. The winner will be announced on Thursday, September 15 during the Fair.

Fair Foodie Challenge

Are you a “Fair Foodie?” Again this year, Fairgoers can take the Fair Foodie Challenge – pick up a special Foodie card at any information booth, sample all of the finalists, turn the Foodie card back in at any information booth and receive a special “Fair Foodie” button.