In the deep-fried heart of the State Fair of Texas

Published 9:24 AM ET, Fri July 12, 2013
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Winner of Best Taste at 2010 State Fair of Texas: Texas Fried Frito Pie, made of Frito Chips, chili and cheese, battered and deep fried. Joel de la Rosa/CNN
Fritos get a bath in batter before meeting the deep fryer. Joel de la Rosa/CNN
Winner of the Most Creative of 2010 State Fair of Texas: deep fried beer (Shiner Bock) filled pretzel pockets. Joel de la Rosa/CNN
S'mores Pop-Tarts are battered with peanut butter, deep-fried and topped with whipped cream and chocolate sauce. Joel de la Rosa/CNN
Close-up of the deep-fried S'mores Pop-Tart. Joel de la Rosa/CNN
Fletcher's Corny Dogs is a staple at the State Fair of Texas. Joel de la Rosa/CNN
Meet the corny dog. Joel de la Rosa/CNN
It is perhaps prudent to let some time elapse between consumption of the deep-fried bounty and a spin on the ferris wheel. Joel de la Rosa/CNN
'Big Tex' welcomed visitors to the State Fair of Texas with a "Howdy, folks!" In 2012, a fire caused significant damage to the mascot, but fair officials have vowed to build him bigger and better for 2013. Joel de la Rosa/CNN