by Robert Bell
ARKANSAS STATE FAIR
11 a.m. Arkansas State Fairgrounds. $4-$8.
So I went to the Arkansas State Fair last Sunday with the fam.
Here are some of my food recommendations: the "medium" corndog will suffice for most people or even small groups of people. It's very tasty, but there is a lot of it — about a foot and a half, by my eyeball estimate — so think twice before ordering the "large." Regarding beer: Miller Lite pairs incredibly well with nearly any food available at the fair. Get the larger one (32 oz.), it's your better value. The beef kebab from the trailer at the east end of the grounds was smoky, tender, truly exceptional. Funnel cakes were as ubiquitous as they were disconcertingly delicious.
If you detect a certain stodgy conservatism with my fair-food picks, you have detected correctly. I don't go in for any of these "beef sundae" or "chocolate-covered-pickled-okra" shenanigans. No sir, I stay with the tried-and-true over the ever-escalating "deep-fried-something-implausible" brinksmanship that has gripped the fair-food community in recent years.
This week's music offerings include: The See and This Holy House on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.; Dustin Lynch, The Farm, Casey James and Morgan Frazier Thursday at 5:30 p.m.; That One Guy, Tyler Bryant and The Shakedown and prog-rockers Kansas on Friday at 6:30 p.m.; Tyrannosaurus Chicken and Christian Simmons Saturday at 7 p.m.; and The Texaco Country Showdown and Beautiful Disaster winding things down Sunday starting at 2 p.m.