California State Fair 2014: What’s New? What’s Bacon-Wrapped?

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Carnival rides at the California State Fair
July 2013


This year’s State Fair hopes to take visitors back to the basics. It’s more than calorie-packed food and over-the-top rides, the California State Fair has been bringing together the best of this state for 160 years.

As the blue-ribbon-themed commercials may have indicated, the theme for the 2014 California State Fair is “The Best”, highlighting everything that makes California, California.

“When most people think about the State Fair, riding the gigantic Ferris wheel, eating a deep-fried corndog and playing a game of ring toss may come to mind.  But the Fair is about more than delicious food and thrilling rides.  It’s about celebrating what makes California the best – the wine, the cheese, the artists and the innovations,” states the State Fair guide, complete with a photo of the fair’s main entrance in 1941.

But don’t worry, fans of deep-fried food, the iconic offerings will be back. Last year’s favorites, the deep fried watermelon and spaghetti ice cream will be back, along with other traditional deep-fried fare.

A new addition for those seeking a culinary thrill ride, is the bourbon-soaked churro, which is wrapped in bacon, dipped in maple syrup and barbecued.

Too rich for the palate? Stop by California’s Tasty Journey, complete with a rock candy mountain, candy-themed activities and a Jelly Belly mural.

For those hoping to enjoy those tasty morsels on the banks of the lagoon may instead be treated to a motorcross event. The lagoon was drained as part of water-conservation efforts, and dirt was brought in for a motorcross track.

The carnival will be packed with dozens of rides from the tame to the tantalizing. Then take in a concert at the Golden 1 Stage every night at 8 p.m. Artists this year include Macy Gray, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Bret Michaels and Trick Pony.

The fair kicks off Friday, July 11 and runs through the 27th at Cal Expo, off the Capital City Freeway and Exposition Boulevard.

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