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Fair Favorites – Funnel Cakes and Lemon Shakes

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The first thing that comes to my mind when I think about the fair is the food! Corn dogs, cinnamon rolls, elephant ears, funnel cakes and lemon shakes, they are all such a treat. Here are some recipes and resources to inspire you to enjoy some fair food at home.



Fair-Style Lemon Shake Up







adapted from

  • 1/2 lemon
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 cup ice
  • 16-ounce canning jar or any container with a lid


Pour sugar into the jar.
Cut lemon in half and hand-squeeze juice into jar.
Drop the squeezed lemon half into the jar.
Add ice. Add water to fill.
Cover the cup and shake vigorously until the sugar is dissolved. Some people like to stir it, but shaking it makes it an authentic “shake up.” You can adjust the recipe for desired sweetness or tartness.

Makes 1 serving.



Funnel Cakes







adapted from Taste of Home

  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Oil for deep-fat frying
  • Confectioners’ sugar


In a large bowl, add all ingredients. Mix until smooth. In a deep cast-iron or electric skillet, heat oil to 375°.

Pour batter into a liquid measuring cup. Drizzle batter into the oil.

Fry until golden brown, 2 minutes on each side. Drain on paper towels. Dust with confectioners’ sugar; serve warm.

Makes 6 large funnel cakes.


Check out some fair related books for adults and children in Miss Julie’s booklists.