What fried creations might you see at the State Fair of Texas?

Helen Anders/AMERICAN-STATESMAN, 09/26/10  -- The State Fair of Texas Ferris wheel can be seen for miles in Dallas. Received 09/27/10 for 1003statefair.

Helen Anders/AMERICAN-STATESMAN, 09/26/10 — The State Fair of Texas Ferris wheel can be seen for miles in Dallas. Received 09/27/10 for 1003statefair.

What are Texans coating in batter and dumping into a vat of hot oil this year?

A list of 55 fried foods has been narrowed down to 34 semifinalists, which will now be in the running for one of the eight spots available in the State Fair of Texas’ “Big Tex Choice Awards” competition. Many of the foods are served as balls (only two “on a stick” options this year), and several feature bacon as one of the main ingredients. And you know what’s wrong with Jell-O? Not quite fried enough.

Fairgoers might have the chance to try “cookie fries,” bacon-wrapped churros, fried nachos and, unfortunately, something called “crunchy fried oinkers.” Thirsty after, you know, eating enough fried food to last you the year? Wash it down with some “edible colas,” which we assume are, you know, fried.

Check out a full list of the contenders below:

According to Guide Live, the first round of cuts were made based solely on a food’s name and description. The delicious part of judging has yet to begin. Many of the contestants will be available for consumption during the fair, set to run from September 30 to October 23.

Check out last year’s winners and contenders (including a smoky bacon margarita) here.

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