Whether your family is amped for the state fair, renaissance fest or a gathering of all things music, one thing’s for certain: summer is the outdoor celebration season! You can’t hang out near the face painting and bounce houses forever (no matter how hard the littles beg!), but you can keep the festival feeling alive with homemade versions of your favorite fare. Click through the slideshow below for clever takes on festival food traditions—from baked churros to citrus shake-ups and even caramel corn.

Baked Churros

Is there anything better than the cinnamon-sugar goodness of a county fair churro? For those looking to recreate this particular magic at home, we present this recipe from Peanut Butter & Peppers. The secret here is that the churros are baked, not fried—which means they have all the sweet, doughy crunch you expect but you can skip the greasy frying. For the whole scoop, click here.

Photo: Peanut Butter & Peppers

photo: gabby cullen

Which festival food will you try to recreate? Share with us in the comment section below!

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—Abigail Matsumoto