As football jerseys appear and pumpkin spice scents fill the stores, you may notice it seems as if every other commercial on the radio is for the Oklahoma State Fair. If you’re planning on attending this year, use this guide to eat smarter and splurge on a healthier treat or two, before queuing up for the Sky Eye Ferris Wheel or the Zoeppe Family Circus.
Fair Fare on the Lighter Side
While you won’t find fair food listed on any diet plan, your visit to the fair can include decent dietary decisions. Pick one or share a couple of the options listed for a fair experience your waistline won’t regret. Download this map to help you find your way.
Capital City Café
There is no place like the Capital City Café on the fairgrounds. Attached to the livestock barns near the Jim Norick Arena, you will find salads, grilled chicken wraps, and fresh fruit bowls. As you come in the door you’ll notice the air conditioning and indoor tables and chairs. Join the line, grab pre-made options from coolers or order fresh items from the counter.
okPORK Chop Shop
If you’re looking for breaded or deep-fried foods, you’re at the wrong place. Their pork chop sandwich features two dry-rubbed chops from a boneless pork loin, which are smoked to perfection. Add your choice of sauces for a burst of flavor or ask for it naked for meat with no bun.
You want an Indian Taco because it’s an Oklahoma State Fair tradition. The fixings on top are good for you – lettuce, onions, tomatoes, beans. When you stop at Elephant Ears, also known as Manny’s, you can add grilled chicken or steak to the top. Share it with a friend to cut down on the fry bread and damage to your diet.
The Greek Garden
Look for Greek food on Food Row, which is also a street named Kiamichi, between the Modern Living Building and the Centennial Building. If a chicken gyro with onions and tomatoes in a warm pita will hit the spot, you can order it here.
La Gumbo Ya Ya
Serving up Cajun-style food, La Gumbo Ya Ya is a local Oklahoma City food truck. They not only serve a tasty bowl of red beans and rice, but they often offer a vegan option for those looking for such fare.
Flavors from Asian inspired countries can be found in the Entertainment Plaza at Chan’s Concessions. Check out the grilled chicken on a stick with some rice for a filling meal that doesn’t come with a side of regret.
Roast corn concessions or Oklahoma Roast Corn
Corn-on-the-cob is everywhere at the Oklahoma State Fair. If the craving for corn strikes, you can head to Oklahoma Roast Corn in the southeast section of 14 Flags Plaza, near the entrance to food row. Another option is located on Gordon Cooper, near the Jim Norick Arena.
If you’re interested in authentically made California-style Mexican flavors, stroll about halfway down Food Row between the Modern Living Building and the Centennial Building. Order a taco salad or street tacos with al pastor or carne asada. Look for the yellow awning and a wide selection of fresh salsas in bottles on the counter.
When low-carb is what matters and your stomach is begging for the State Fair staple known as bacon, look no further than the Bacon Habit booth. Found between the Bennett Event Center and the Jim Norick Arena on Gordon Cooper, this booth offers bacon-wrapped veggies galore. Pick from brussels sprouts, corn, asparagus or zucchini and they’ll serve it to you all wrapped up.
Get Moving with State Fair Activities
Believe it or not, there’s more to the Oklahoma State Fair than food. No matter what you decide to eat, you can find activities to support a healthy lifestyle any day you visit. Some days have special activities planned, so go check out the list of Oklahoma State Fair activities.
Getting Your Steps
Are you a step counter? If you’re a person whose fitness tracker is a daily accessory, the Oklahoma State Fair is the perfect place for you. From the livestock barns to the Bandshell Stage, and from the Zoppe Family Circus to the Midway — simply seeing the sights will send your step count soaring. Make it a competition and see who among your group can rack up the most steps.
Shake Your Groove Thing
As you explore the fairgrounds, catch some live music and dance off some calories. Visit the Plaza Stage to see Junk Rock Drums or join the fun in Centennial Plaza with Okie Karaoke. Don’t forget, each night there is a free show on the big Adventure Road Stage in the middle of the Entertainment Plaza. There you can do the Jail House Rock at the Elvis Extravaganza or country two-step with the Oakridge Boys.
Visit with the United States Marine Corps
Near the Adventure Road Stage and the Bennett Event Center, you’ll find a group of folks ready to challenge you to a pull-up contest. These folks represent the United States Marine Corps and are at the fairgrounds to recruit, talk about how they stay fit and encourage you to do the same. Can you handle the challenge?
Talk about Oral Health
In the Pavilion, one booth is keeping it real by sharing important oral health messages. The Dental Depot has a booth and wants to talk to you about your oral hygiene. There’s a good chance if you stop by to visit, you’ll go home with a brand-new toothbrush for free.
Senior Day activities
Wednesday, September 20, is Senior Day at the Oklahoma State Fair. If you’re 55 or older, not only is your admission free, but there is an entire day packed with activities in the Modern Living Building. Get free screenings for diabetes, blood pressure, fall risk assessment and memory screenings. Learn to line dance, tap dance or do Tai Chi with your friends. Dance to some fiddler’s music, men’s acapella singing or the Southeast Navy Band Salute out at the Bandshell Stage.
Oklahomans Coming Together
Your healthier guide to the Oklahoma State Fair is more than a tool to enjoy the fair, it’s an invitation to bring your friends and share an experience. Join thousands of other Oklahomans in making memories together in one place at the 41st annual Oklahoma State Fair.