Any self-respecting state fair knows that the food it serves had better be deep-fried and bacon-wrapped.
This year’s Kansas State Fair is just dripping with deep-fried, bacon-wrapped self-respect.
When the fair opens Friday, it will offer its usual menu of stunt foods — items that no one would consider eating except for the fun of it during the fair — as well as the usual list of corn dogs, tacos and church-made chicken and noodles.
This year is unusual, said Sue Stoecklein, the fair’s director of commercial exhibits, because none of the vendors are new. The fair offers dibs on spots to the previous year’s vendors, and everyone opted to come back. (Bad news for the waiting list of more than 50 food purveyors who want a spot.)
Several of those returning, though, are mixing up their menus.
Following is a look at what’s new to eat at the Kansas State Fair: