Fair Food Comparison: Exactly How Unhealthy Is It?

Going to your local county fair is a fun experience for every age. From the thrilling rides to the deep-fried, tasty creations, the entertainment is infinite! For most, the fair is usually about spending time with loved ones, and of course, the food. From deep fried foods to sugary treats, fair food can skyrocket your daily intake of calories, sugar, and fat. It’s important to be mindful of the foods you consume, especially when you’re on a strict diet.

We’ve compiled your top favorite fair foods and “healthier” alternatives that cut the calories in half.

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

The smell of funnel cake travels far, making it hard for us to resist. However, the sweet, fried goodness is loaded with calories and fat which is not good for anyone watching their caloric intake. We have good news, fairs will typically offer sweets that are half the calories!


Jumbo Twist Donut

  • Calories: 904
  • Total fat: 49g
  • Sodium: 856g


Funnel Cake

  • Calories: 760
  • Total fat: 44g


Deep-Fried Candy Bars

  • Calories: 440
  • Total fat: 29g
  • Sodium: 274 mg


Cut the calories in half and indulge in these sweet treats instead:

Cotton Candy

  • Calories: 171
  • Total fat: 0g


Strawberry Crepe

  • Calories: 280
  • Total fat: 14g
  • Sodium: 149 mg



  • Calories: 270
  • Total fat: 4g
  • Sodium: 88 mg


Salty and Savory:

Fairs always have new, unique, deep-fried foods every year. It’s always tempting to try these savory foods, especially because they aren’t usually offered at any other time. If you are watching your calories, however, it’s important to keep in mind how fattening some of the foods are.


Krispy Kreme Sandwich + Curly Fries

  • Calories: 1225
  • Total fat: 57.7g
  • Sodium: 2084 mg


Giant Turkey Leg

  • Calories: 1,136
  • Total fat: 54g
  • Sodium: 14,400 mg


Barbecued Pork Ribs

  • Calories: 1359
  • Total fat: 68g
  • Sodium: 1760 mg


Trim the calories and enjoy a satisfying meal of fair food.

Turkey Burger + Sweet Potato Fries

  • Calories: 470
  • Total fat: 21g
  • Sodium: 640 mg


Teriyaki Chicken On-A-Stick

  • Calories: 251
  • Total fat: 5.8g
  • Sodium: 1132 mg


Chicken Kebab

  • Calories: 620
  • Total fat: 17g
  • Sodium: 1,029


Scripps AMG Tips:

  • Eat breakfast before heading out to the fair. You can significantly reduce your daily caloric intake if you don’t go hungry into the fair. Breakfast is said to be the most important meal of the day, so why not start off healthy? You’re likely to have more endurance and energy throughout the day.
  • Fairs typically offer healthier options; keep your eyes peeled for the healthy vendors.
  • Sit down and eat. A common mistake of overindulging is mindless eating. If you sit down and focus on your meal in front of you, you’re less likely to overeat.
  • If you decide to indulge in a meal loaded with calories and fat, share amongst your group of friends and family.
  • Hydrate throughout the day. Drinking between meals is an important factor when controlling portions and managing unhealthy snacking.


As you head out to your local county fair, keep in mind that sharing is caring—your body will thank you!  

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