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State Fair eats

Porky's at the State Fair of Virginia serves the 'Donut Burger' for those who want to try something different.

The State Fair of Virginia opened last night at the Meadow Event Park in Caroline County. State fairs are places where it’s still acceptable to celebrate all of the wonderful things that a vat of deep-fryer grease can do to an otherwise ordinary food item. Below is Portsia Smith’s rundown on the fair’s food offerings. The fair also celebrates Virginia agriculture and home baking and food preserving practices through its many competitions. Learn more about the fair here.

From Portsia’s report:

One of the great things about the State Fair is the fair food.

There’s a plethora of pleasure for your palate, and a lot of things you can eat there that you really can’t find anywhere else.

Where else can you get giant turkey legs, deep-fried Twinkies, fried green tomato sandwiches, elephant ears, kettle corn, huge candy apples and all the cotton candy your heart desires?

There will be the traditional grub, too. You can find everything from sausage, hot dogs, hamburgers and pizza to crab cakes, shrimp Creole, chicken and shrimp on a stick, and gyros. New to the fair menu this year are juicy, tender sirloin tips and hearty red-skinned mashed potatoes.

Got a sweet tooth? Satisfy it with cinnamon buns, deep-fried Snickers bars or Oreos, fried ice cream, funnel cakes, flavored licorice or hot apple dumplings.

Got the munchies? Take care of that with a doughnut burger or pork parfait, or go normal with mozzarella sticks.