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Fried Cracker Jack tops 2019 State Fair of Texas fried food semifinalists

Fried Cracker Jack tops 2019 State Fair of TX fried food semifinalists

State Fair of Texas, cotton candy taco
The 2018 winner was this cotton candy taco. Photo courtesy of State Fair of Texas

The 2019 State Fair of Texas, which is returning on September 27, has narrowed down the first round of semifinalists for its annual fried food competition, called the 15th Annual Big Tex Choice Awards.

There are 33 semifinalists — 20 savory and 13 sweet — that will ultimately compete for three winning titles: Best Taste – Sweet, Best Taste – Savory, and Most Creative.

These semifinalists were culled from 49 entries represented by 30 concessionaires.

Competitors must have at least one year of experience as a concessionaire at the State Fair of Texas to enter the competition.

For this round, judges base their choices solely on which food name and description sounds the most appealing.

The top 10 finalists will be announced in mid-August, and the winners will be chosen in an event open to the public on Sunday, August 25, at 2 pm. Tickets are available at for $125. Proceeds are donated to the Big Tex Scholarship Program, which provides college scholarships to students across the Lone Star State.

Here's the list:

BBQ Pork Rangoons
Cajun Crab Bombs
Calypso Island Shrimp Bowl
Chicks in a Cone
Deep Fried Chicken Cordon Bleu Stuffed Waffles
Deep Fried Mexican Mole
Deep Fried Street Corn
Deep Fried Texican
Fried Burnt End Burrito
Fry Rub & Rye
Good Ole Creole Boudin Egg Roll with Pepper Jack Cheese
Loaded Baked Potato Funnel Cake
PB&J Bacon Pickle Dog
Pig in a Cannoli
Southern Fried Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo Ball
Stokin-Smokin Cowboy's Bacon and Brisket Egg Roll
Stuffed Fried Mexi-Cone
Texas Cream Corn Casserole Fritters
Texas Fried Fritos Pie Burrito Dog
The "Ain't No Lie it's Fried" Steak

Big Red Chicken Bread
Champagne Jell-O Hot Shot
Deep Fried Bayou Fruit Bites
Deep Fried Cracker Jack
Deep Fried Energy Bites
Deep Fried Nutella Custard Stuffed French Toast
Extreme Fried Bananarama
Fla'Mango Tango
Fried Crème Brulee Berry Crunch
Fried Oreo Gelato Pop
Fried Southern Bourbon Bread Pudding
Peanut Butter Cup Snookie
Quick Fried "Black Gold" Truffles