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.