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State fair beginning 18-day run in Phoenix

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The state fair opened Friday. Of course there are plenty of rides and games, but the talk is all about the food. What's new this year?

Forget Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig, the fair is here, and the theme this year is bigger is better.

"This year the debut is the Big Rib, a giant 2 pound rib on a 17 inch bone. Its slow smoked tender juicy delicious we like to talk about it like, lip smacking bone licking good," says Dominic Palmieri of The Midway Gourmet.

The Big Rib smoked right on the premises is $16.95. Dominic started selling it in Texas, and it became so popular he now sells them across the country.

They even have their own website. You can get barbeque, smoked or garlic.

If big is your thing, there's more.

"We have the biggie sausage on a stick, this is a 2 pound 2 foot polish sausage that's smoked."

From meats to sweets, check out all the dessert.

"Chocolate covered cheese curds. Where can you go other than the fair to find a chocolate covered cheese curd?"

The newest dessert this year is a deep fried red velvet cake. There's also a deep fried cinnamon roll.

So what's the draw? Why do people come to the fair to eat food they normally wouldn't all year?

"You know what, people come to the fair one time a year and they want to try all the new things fair has to offer," says Palmieri.

The fair runs from Friday through Nov. 4 and is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Adult admission is $10 and children and seniors pay $5. Gates open at noon weekdays and 10 a.m. on weekends.

Online: www.azstatefair.com

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