Remember Templeton, the mischievous rat from "Charlotte's Web" who loved going to the fair to roll around in all the decadent goodies? Yeah, that was kind of how we felt on our recent field trip.

Remember Templeton, the mischievous rat from "Charlotte's Web" who loved going to the fair to roll around in all the decadent goodies? Yeah, that was kind of how we felt on our recent field trip.

The midway is home to countless appetizers, entrees and sides that are covered in batter and submerged in vats of oil. Literally, everything you've enjoyed in its normal form can be found at the fairgrounds with a good ol' grease treatment.

It's an art.

And dinner's clearly the most robust category of deep-fried vittles.

Deep-Fried Pork Chop on a Stick ($6)

Everything about this thing makes perfect sense, right? I mean, it's a large slab of bone-in pig meat and batter that's meant to be eaten without getting your hands dirty. In reality, it turned out to be the worst dish we sampled - boiled, porky meat with a greasy covering that literally slid off the chop.

Deep-Fried Ravioli ($5)

Five pieces of salty, cheese-filled pasta came lightly fried with a small side of tomato sauce, an addition that actually made it one of the most sensible dishes we discovered. (Your trusty food pyramid gets pretty skewed at the fair.) Alas, its relative nutrition level was the main problem - it wasn't given the proper level of frying one expects from the fair.

Deep-Fried Mashed Potatoes on a Stick ($5)

Instead of the gooey, dripping mess you might imagine, the french fry's exotic cousin actually looks like four large hush puppies. That's actually a good way to describe the taste, too - pliable, herb-infused potato insides encased by a crisp shell. The large portion of ranch-y dipping sauce was a nice touch.

Deep-Fried Veggies ($5.50)

A basket of fried garden goods was one of the best thing we sampled - and not just because it helped to cure a bad case of the powdered-sugar sweats. Onions, cauliflower and broccoli were given a healthy (err generous) battering and fried to perfect crispness. Recognizable veggie texture and flavor held up through the fry basket and they emerged even more delicious.