"It's how I stay so thin," joked Dwayne Blomster of Aberdeen, snacking from his basket laden with handmade potato chips on Thursday.
His favorites include funnel cakes, onion rings and, of course, the chips.
No expense is spared when it comes to those items, he said.
"I tell them I only have $4, but they always get the $5 out of me," Blomster said.
The cost of an Indian taco is something with which Donna Pettigrew of Aberdeen has no quarrel. Every year at the Brown County Fair, she seeks out the frybread staple.
"When it comes to this, it's worth it," said Pettigrew.
She topped her ground beef, lettuce and cheese creation with a dollop of sour cream.
Pettigrew's granddaughter — Caitlin Pettigrew, 9, of Moorhead, Minn. — prefers a funnel cake.
"I like it ’cause its sugary," Caitlin said.
Paying a little more for carnival food is something people should expect, said Don Hart of Mesa, Ariz.
Hart and his wife, Jennie, don't worry about the expense because the fair is about having fun.
The couple chowed down on corn dogs Thursday, with plans to share a funnel cake later.
"The corn dog is hot and tasty, but this stick is a little hard to eat around," said Jennie Hart as she struggled to coerce the dog into a small cup of mustard.
This is the fifth Brown County Fair the couple has attended. They make the yearly trek because of friends who live near Aberdeen, Jennie Hart said.
Others stick to a budget when it comes to fair food.
Marie Schumacher and friends — Karen Larson, Deb Sloseth and Jan Skott — all like to keep their diets in the $4 to $6 range.
Larson tried a Chicago hot dog for the first time Thursday.
"It's really good. The bun is homemade and the hot dog is all beef," she said. Relish, peppers, onions and mustard sometimes complete the dish.
Cameron Schroeder, 10, of Aberdeen was having his all-time favorite food: A mound of nachos.
"It's cheesy and good," Cameron said with a big smile.
After trying a lot of "stuff," he said, he decided nachos are his favorite — and they only cost $2.
Trent Remilly, 10, of Doland was stumped for a favorite.
"It's kind of hard to say," he said.