Of all the annual events in every state, there's only one that attracts electioneering politicians and demands that they gorge on the most notable hot treat: State Fairs. With the State Fair season about half over, Whispers asked some notable Washingtonians and politicians for their favorite State Fair chow.
Some, like Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown and Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar said that they stick with the standards, while others like Minnesota Sen. Al Franken went with the local exotic treat. Below are a sampling of the favorite fare at state fairs.
"I love a stuffed baked potato loaded with toppings," says Brown. "The Big E fair in Springfield, Massachusetts, has the best."
South Dakota Sen. John Thune sticks with pork sandwiches, not a bad choice considering he'll probably be eating a lot more if he does what most expect and tosses his hat into the 2012 GOP presidential caucus in pork-rich Iowa.
Minnesota's Franken has several favorites at the Minnesota State Fair including Walleye-on-a-stick, roasted corn.
CNN's John King has a bunch of favorites he's had at the many state fairs he's covered in his journalism career. But one stands out: Beer-on-a-stick, which is essentially a wooden paddle that holds three cups of beer. "I had beer-on-a-stick at the Minnesota State Fair last year. Can't beat that. The deep fried Reese's was surprisingly good, too, and they have amazing chocolate chip cookies there. Sen. Amy Klobuchar tried to sell me on the chocolate dipped bacon, but I passed."
New York Sen. Chuck Schumer likes to nosh on a local favorite, maple-flavored cotton candy.
Indiana's Lugar goes for the tried and true Indiana State Fair pork tenderloin.
Ray LaHood, the Transportation secretary and former Illinois congressman, likes the state fair lemonade shakeup.
Tennesee Sen. Lamar Alexander's favorite booth serves up sliced Grainger County tomatoes on a country ham biscuit.