Kansas State Fair offers unusual new deep-fried food, fresh shows

photo by: Peter Hancock

Crowds file past food stands at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson where the three major gubernatorial candidates debated each other on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018.

HUTCHINSON — The Kansas State Fair is welcoming some unusual food vendors and new attractions this year, from deep-fried piña coladas to an inaugural Bread Sculpture contest.

The fair in Hutchinson opened Friday, featuring a food lineup that attempts to outdo outrageous concoctions from the past, the Wichita Eagle reported. This year’s food vendors are serving deep-fried deviled eggs, pickles stuffed with sour hard candy and burgers topped with a MoonPie.

Bernard’s Pit Stop Bar-B-Q will be offering Shuttle Fries to pair with the MoonPie Burger. The fries are loaded with a secret sauce made of mayonnaise, marshmallow fluff, cheese and spices.

Visitors itching to try the deep-fried Piña Colada can trek on over to Hall Family Foods. The island-themed calorie bomb is made out of a rum-soaked pineapple ring that’s coated with coconut breading, deep-fried and then drizzled with Piña Colada juice.

Meanwhile, many new amusement rides, animal exhibits, competitions and other attractions have filled the State Fairgrounds.

The “Timberworks Lumberjack Show” will be a main attraction this year, the Hutchinson News reported. The show coming from Wisconsin features lumberjacks competing in events such as log rolling, speed climbing and ax throwing.

Kansas Wheat is also hosting a new contest at the fair this year for competitors to “look beyond the loaf.” The competition is to sculpt bread dough into creative pieces.

Thrill-seekers can attend Austin Anderson & the Texas Trick Riders show. Anderson worked as a movie stuntman, horseman and entertainer. The show features horses and skilled riders performing stunts in the Bison Arena.

Visitors looking for a peaceful experience can seek out an enclosed garden on the east side of Lake Talbott, filled with butterflies and other winged insects.

The final day for visitors to take in the extraordinary food offerings and attractions is Sunday, Sept. 16.

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