City Cast

The Best of the Utah State Fair

Terina Ria
Terina Ria
Posted on September 15
The Utah State Fair. This is where dreams are made of. (Ivana Martinez/City Cast Salt Lake)

The Utah State Fair. This is where dreams are made of. (Ivana Martinez/City Cast Salt Lake)

The City Cast Salt Lake team ventured to the Utah State Fair to take in the sights and eat fried foods. This cherished annual event is going on through Sunday, Sept. 17. Here are just a few of the best things to see and do there.

🔥 Hot tip: Download the Utah State Fair app to buy tickets in advance and most importantly scope out all the food options. A star means they’re a fair food champion.

The Butter Cow. (Ivana Martinez/City Cast Salt Lake)

The Butter Cow. (Ivana Martinez/City Cast Salt Lake)

Butter Cow

Every year, artists Debbie Brown and Matt McNaughtan use 600-800 pounds of butter to create a unique cow sculpture. It’s been a tradition at the fair since 1998. A large portion of the butter is recycled and reused for several years of sculptures.

While we didn’t partake, we sure did marvel at this curly fry brick. (Ivana Martinez/City Cast Salt Lake)

While we didn’t partake, we sure did marvel at this curly fry brick. (Ivana Martinez/City Cast Salt Lake)

Outrageous Food

We approached the food with a strategic game plan. We needed to cover the three main food groups — savory, sweet, and fried — and also try a couple of the fair food champion items. We started out strong with a foot-long corndog, Navajo taco (a fair food savory winner), and a giant torta that contained boiled hotdogs and ham. Then we had a funnel cake, fried oreos (classic), and a 32-ounce lemonade in a baby bottle. Finally, we finished out strong with a bbq turkey leg and fresas con crema (a fair food sweet winner).

The massive slide. (Ivana Martinez/City Cast Salt Lake)

The massive slide. (Ivana Martinez/City Cast Salt Lake)

Giant Slide

One of the best parts of the fair is feeling like a kid again. We couldn’t quite muster the carnival rides on our full stomachs, but we did go on the giant slide. I was reminded of my age when I felt dizzy from the height at the top, but then quickly forgot as I screamed all the way down. What a thrill!

Joan of Arc quilt by Makayla Jensen. (Ivana Martinez/City Cast Salt Lake)

Joan of Arc quilt by Makayla Jensen. (Ivana Martinez/City Cast Salt Lake)

The Blue Ribbon Competitions

The blue ribbon competitions range from textile arts to agriculture. The Joan of Arc quilt above took our breath away but there were so many incredible submissions. What we really wanted to know is, how do we sign up to be food judges?

We love bread. (Ivana Martinez/City Cast Salt Lake)

We love bread. (Ivana Martinez/City Cast Salt Lake)

Final Thoughts

There’s a reason why the fair brings hundreds of thousands of guests each year. It provides hours and hours of wholesome family fun. We talked to a group of people there to see the ‘80s Rock Invasion concert and we saw other families who wore matching outfits so they didn’t lose each other. So grab your loved ones, head to Fairpark, and make some memories.

Do you have a favorite Utah State Fair memory?

Hey Salt Lake

Want to know what's happening in Salt Lake City? Sign up for our free newsletter, Hey Salt Lake. Packed with local news, curated event recs, local life hacks, and more, it's your daily toolkit for getting the most out of the city you love.

Salt Lake's Best

See All

The latest in Salt Lake