34 Semi-Finalists Vie For Coveted Spot at State Fair of Texas

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The State Fair of Texas and deep fried goodness go hand-in-hand.

34 semi-finalists are in the running to be featured at this year's fair.

2016  Big Tex Choice Awards Semi-Finalists: 

  • Bacon Wrapped Churros
  • Bacon Wrapped Pork Belly on a Stick
  • Barn Yard Burger
  • Buffalo Chicken Jalapeno Poppers
  • Caribbean Pineapple Korn-a-Copia
  • Crunchy Fried Oinkers
  • Dallas' Fried Bacontilla
  • Deep Fried Bacon Burger Dog Sliders on a Stick
  • Deep Fried Bacon Wrapped Tater' Dog
  • Deep Fried Cannoli Bites
  • Deep Fried Cheeseburger Stuffed Onion Rings
  • Deep Fried Chicken Basket
  • Deep Fried Hawaiian Hoops
  • Deep Fried Nachos
  • Deep Fried Pulled Pork "Funyun" Dings
  • Deep Fried Smoked Salmon & Bacon Croquettes
  • Dorito Bacon Fried Cheese Stick
  • Down Home Chicken Pot Pie Pocket (with mac 'n cheese dip)
  • Fried Cookies & Cream Sundae
  • Fried Jell-O
  • Fried Prime Rib Quesadill"O"
  • Funnel Cake Sundae
  • Holy Guacamole Balls
  • Injectable Great Balls of BBQ
  • Loaded Bacon Mashed Potato Egg Roll
  • Lollipop Bacon Wrapped Quail Breast on a Stick
  • Pina-A Lot-A
  • Seductive Fried Sea Salt Caramel Wrap
  • Shrimp Fritters
  • Southern Fried Chicken & Dumplin's
  • State Fair Cookie Fries
  • State Fair Edible Colas
  • Texas Fried Buffalo Quail
  • Texas Fried Pinatacolupa

Some of these entries are straight forward, but others raise a few questions.

What is a Texas fried pinatacolupa or a Pina-A Lot-Ta?

A Pinatacolupa is meat and cheese with lettuce, tomato. It's deep fried in a corn batter.

If you soak pineapple in rum, dip it in coconut flakes, fry it up, and top it with whipped cream and cherries, you get a Pina-A Lot-Ta

The creators call it a "fun spin" on a pina colada.

Other questions on the menu include:

How do you deep fry Jell-O, and would you eat it?

Do churros and bacon really go together?

It doesn't matter which items get chosen. Either way, plan for a workout the day after because you might feel "fried" after eating them.

The State Fair of Texas starts on September 30th and runs through October 23rd.

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