Spending money and eating junk food: two givens at the Indiana State Fair. Luckily, some food vendors offer items that won’t break the bank. Check out these 10 tasty treats for $5 and under.
Huge slices of cheese, pepperoni or sausage are $5 each at Charlie’s near Pioneer Village.
2. Kettle corn
A medium bag goes for $3 at Kettle Korn near Pioneer Village.
3. Buff Dog
This is exactly what it sounds like ¬¬– a buffalo-meat hot dog. This intriguing snack is $5 at English’s Buffalo Farm outside the tunnel to the infield.
This classic, American meal is $4 at the Indiana Ribeye booth near the Kiddieland Midway.
5. Walking taco
What’s better than chips, beef, cheese and lettuce in a bag? How about getting all that for only $5 at Georgia’s Kitchen on Main Street.
6. Curly fries
Potatoes are everywhere at the State Fair. Some of the cheapest spuds cost $4 at Moreland’s Family Concessions on Main Street.
7. Elephant ear
This fair favorite goes for $6 at almost every vendor. The Baker Man on Main Street offers the fried, doughy goodness for $5. Plus, the Baker Man sells giant cinnamon rolls, cinnamon bites and beignets for $5 each.
Choose from chocolate, vanilla or strawberry for only $3 at the Dairy Bar on Main Street. While there, snag a grilled cheese for $3 as well.
9. Jumbo corndog
This foot-long corndog is deep-fried to perfection and costs $4 at the Snack Wagon near the FFA Pavilion.
10. Cheesy beef stick
This savory treat costs $4.50 at Cheezy Beef Stick near Pioneer Village.
Miller Kern is a writer for BSU Journalism at the Fair, a group of 30 students telling Indiana’s stories from a trailer somewhere between the cheese sculpture and the state’s biggest sow. This Ball State immersive-learning project works for elephant ears.