With the state fair just two weeks away, it is time to prepare your stomach. With everything from traditional funnel cakes to this year’s new Crack-n-Cheese Stuffed Turkey Leg, there is no shortage of options for any fairgoer.
“We have a bunch of new offerings at the fair this year when it comes to food," said Heather Overton, assistant director of the press office at the State Fair. "Whether you’re into sweet or savory, we have something for you.”
Overton said she is excited to try the JoCo HoHo, a new delicacy being offered by Fat Boys BBQ. It is a North Carolina jalapeño filled with brisket and cheese, deep fried and served on a stick. Having never been before, Bobby Scott, the owner of Fat Boys BBQ, is excited to bring his menu to the fairgrounds.
“We are also going to serve a blue-ribbon, award-winning Jalapeño Whopper, which is a jalapeño stuffed with pepper jack cheese, wrapped in sausage, wrap that in bacon and grill it,” Scott said.
Another interesting food choice is the Baketo Pizza Pie. It is a 6-inch personal pan pizza with pepperoni, avocado, mozzarella and green olives. Overton recommends it as a healthy option, as it has a keto-friendly meat crust and only five carbohydrates.
UNC students are also excited to try the foods being offered this year. An early favorite is the Crack-n-Cheese Stuffed Turkey Leg.
“What I’m really interested in going for is the Crack-n-Cheese Stuffed Turkey Leg," said Evan Tanner, a senior business journalism major at UNC. "It looks like it’s loaded with calories, but loaded with flavor at the same time.”
UNC senior Jakob Oury also said he is excited to see what the fair offers this year.
“I’m excited to try the Campfire on a Stick. It looks ridiculous,” said Oury, a frequent fairgoer.