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July 13th, 2011
Creepy State Fair Food

New on the menu at this year's California State Fair will be the maggot melt dried maggots and melted cheese on two slices of bread.


The sandwich is not the only novelty at the fair this year. Featured attractions include historical exhibits on rock 'n' roll and on North American agricultural fairs since the first county fair 200 years ago. A kangaroo calf named Joey and other animals will greet fairgoers in a miniature zoo.

The main exhibit outside the California Building contains large robotic bugs, such as praying mantises and black widow spiders. Visitors will feel as though they are smaller than they really are because of the size of the models, explained fair general manager Norb Bartosik.

There will be real insects and arachnids, too. Jungle George, the exotic concessions vendor who joined the fair last summer, will offer crickets and scorpions this year.

For a more gourmet approach, Daniella Martin, the host of the online television show "Girl Meets Bug," will demonstrate her favorite ways to cook insects on July 16 and 26.

Other new food items at the fair this year include bacon-maple sundaes and fried crepes.




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