Foods of the Iowa State Fair

Even with twenty-something Democratic presidential candidates in town, it is the battered, deep-fried bites at the Iowa State Fair that takes center stage. Check out some of the new eats this year's White House hopefuls will chow down on at the Hawkeye state's annual fair.

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One of this year's "best new food" finalist features smoked beef brisket paired with cilantro lime slaw, but fair-goers can also have their Chief with smoked pork as well.
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Three hamburger patties, three Italian sausage patties, six strips of bacon and ten ounces of mac 'n cheese? We'll take five.
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These chicken street tacos misted with lime comes with sliced chicken covered with corn salsa. It is one of three "best new food" finalists.
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This four-ounce pork shank is wrapped in bacon, fried, then served with BBQ or sweet chili sauce.
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These cookies-and-cream ice cream bars covered in chocolate and crushed Oreos is this year's "best new deal" winner at the fair.
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This pot roast, wrapped with white rice and Chorizo sausage crumbles, is then wrapped in a cheddar tortilla wrap to make one of this year's "best new foods" finalist.
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Funnel fries are a new spin on carnival staple funnel cakes.
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This unique pizza is topped with sweet chili sauce and apricot preserve, three types of cheese, bacon and fresh jalapeño slices.
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Center-cut pork loin is cut into strips, battered then served on top of waffle fries and bacon bits for this savory dish.
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The Super Dog isn't your standard fair fare - a large dill pickle stuffed with a hot dog is then smothered in corndog batter and deep-fried.
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Forget regular skewers - the "X-treme Balls" feature fried pork tenderloin balls on a stick.
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A little tired from all the eating? Take a break with one of the fair's lemon sippers.
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