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Indiana fair features spaghetti and meatballs ice cream

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Spaghetti and meatballs ice cream, photo courtesy Indiana State Fair via Gannett
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by Bill Mccleery
The Indianapolis Star

The Indiana State Fair has a new entry in the informal weird food competition that occurs every summer across the country: spaghetti and meatballs ice cream.

The meatless concoction - made with gelato noodles, strawberry tomato sauce, shredded white chocolate cheese and chocolate meatballs - took best in show to become the state fair's signature food, fair officials said Tuesday.

"You can't beat the presentation," disc jockey Kevin Freeman of WFMS-FM, who served on the panel of judges, said in a video posted to YouTube. "It's just fantastic."

More than 30 state fairs from Alaska to Alabama are scheduled in the next eight weeks.

Other delicacies at the Aug. 3-19 Indiana fair take a trip through the deep-fat fryer: Samoa Girl Scout cookies; M&Ms; Hershey drops, and bubble gum, which, like the spaghetti ice cream, fakes the gum with bubble-gum-extract-coated marshmallows.

The marshmallows then get dipped in foam cake batter, are deep fried and served on a stick, said Cheryl Reas of Corydon, Ind., a longtime concessionaire at the fair.

"I like that one a lot," she said. "It's one of my favorites."

Not to be outdone, vendors at other states' fairs are offering chocolate-covered bacon in California, deep-fried pickle "dawgs" in Iowa, pumpkin spice funnel cakes in Ohio, lamb fries - you may not want to know what part of a male lamb is fried - in Minnesota, and a sugared doughnut stuffed with barbecued pork in Wisconsin.

The Reas family, which has operated Indiana fair concessions since the 1930s, also is introducing two new burgers. One is a raspberry doughnut chicken burger, a deep-fried chicken breast sandwiched between two raspberry-jelly-filled donuts.

The other?

A bacon peanut butter banana burger.

"We kind of call it 'the Elvis,'" Reas said.

The Indianapolis Star

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