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Photos: Dining guide to the Alaska State Fair

Pork chop on a stick from Porky's, at the Alaska State Fair
Mara Severin
Fresh, Prince William Sound oysters from Pristine Products, at the Alaska State Fair
Mara Severin
Original Gourmet hand-dipped ice cream bar at the Alaska State Fair
Mara Severin
Reuben sandwich from Reuben Haus, at the Alaska State Fair
Mara Severin
The Taco of Your Life from Tres Amigos Tacos
Mara Severin
Tater Chip Loaf from J & L Granny’s, at the Alaska State Fair
Mara Severin
Philly Cheesesteak potato from The Potato Palace, at the Alaska State Fair
Mara Severin
Funnel cake from Aunt Linda’s, at the Alaska State Fair
Victoria Barber
Mara Severin

Almost 70 food vendors are waiting for you at the Alaska State Fair. And you only have one stomach. The odds are stacked -- like a Reuben sandwich -- against you. Which is why eating at the fair is all about strategy. You need a plan if you intend to eat well from each of the fair’s main food groups (carbs, food on a stick, deep-fried and the extremely important powdered-sugar group).

The perfect fair foods can give you the energy you need for llama-petting, quilt-gazing and Tilt-A-Whirling, and can be eaten with ease while elbowing your way through strollers, tourists and the occasional animatronic dinosaur. Like a general, I gathered my troops (my husband, my two daughters and my daughter’s best friend) and, armed with only a plastic fork, we prepared to storm the fair.

Read more: Fried, dusted with sugar or on a stick: eating at the Alaska State Fair