At the County Fair, Everything Tastes Better on a Stick

You have until July 19th to get to the Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton for carnival rides, pig races, concerts with one-step-removed headliners like Bucky Covington and Solange Knowles, and, those portable treats, snacks on a stick.

There's the classic corndog, of course, deep-fried cheese on a stick (surprisingly pleasant, like a neatly contained grilled cheese), and deep-fried Twinkies and Snickers with optional Hershey's syrup. There's the Twister Dog wrapped in potato, and the twisted potato, aka the Tornado. Shiskaberries are chocolate-dipped fruit on a stick (because you need a little fiber, and deep-fried artichokes don't come on a stick). Chocolate-dipped frozen bananas and cheesecake (nuts and sprinkles optional) are always irresistible, if only because of the heat.

Finally, if you consider rib bones and foil-wrapped corn husks sticks, there are ribs and corn-on-the-cob from Big Bubba's Bad BBQ. Four out of five carnies told us Bubba's was their favorite. The fifth brought food from home. More photos after the jump.

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