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With more than 300 food and beverage stands in 50 different categories at the Los Angeles County Fair, you’ll discover that eating at the fair is almost mind-numbing. Food concessionaires are revealing new sweet and savory dishes in astonishing numbers at every county fair in the state this year. New items in Los Angeles this year include macaroni and cheese on a stick, the deep-fried Oreo and s’mores on a stick. Chicken Charlies is bringing their Deep Fried Kool-Aid and Krispy Kreme Chicken Sandwich to the table, too.

The stand’s owner, Charlie Boghosian and his wife, Dawn have been deep frying Twinkies, Oreos, Thin Mints, vegatables, frog legs, and avocados for nearly 20 years, making Chicken Charlies an institution at California county fairs. They introduced fried baby back ribs and the (now infamous) Krispy Kreme Chicken Sandwich to their menu at the OC County Fair this year.

“Sinfully delicious” were the words of one fair goer, biting into one of the soft, yet lightly crispy doughnut chicken sandwich. The sandwich consists of a chicken breast between two doughnuts, drizzled with honey, and will remind you of chicken and waffles. Charlie’s Deep Fried Kool Aid is already a hit, consisting of cherry Kool-Aid powder mixed into batter, then rolled into balls and deep fried. Crispy on the outside, light and fluffy with a crimson center.

It’s been reported that Charlie’s planning to write a cookbook, including new recipes he’s working on.

The Deep Fried Butter stand, formerly known as Heart Attack Cafe will be back at the Los Angeles County Fair this year, selling its bacon-wrapped Oreo cookies, deep fried pigs in a blanket, beer-battered bacon, sour cream and bacon French fries, its Michelle Obama Nightmare Combo, and a fair favorite, deep fried butter.

Deep Fried Butter Stand

Foodbeast recently caught up with Deep Fried Butter stand owner, Mike Peterson for a sneak peek into his latest creation, Deep Fried Beer Battered Bacon Hot Dog on a Stick which is sure to be a best seller in 2012.

Always a favorite, Juicy’s Outlaw Grill will leave your stomach and your wallet full. Notoriously known for their great deals, Juicy’s will be serving up its Texas-sized meals, including it Cowabunga Corndog, cheeseburger, giant western sausage and its turkey leg – all with waffle fries and drink.

And for those devout vegans and health aficionados out there, don’t despair. A fare share of yogurt, smoothies, fruit and salad stands will be attending the fair this year as well. More on them in another post.

The Los Angeles County Fair opens September 3 – October 2, 2011.

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Chris Ford is the founder of Stitches 'n Dishes and editor in chief with a passion for food, photography and travel. Chris is a Media Correspondent for the Food Network TV show, Eat St, a syndicated blogger, seasoned event organizer and promoter, a food critic, a marketing consultant and Social Media Marketing expert. Chris is also a fashion and entertainment photographer. When he's not dining on the sidewalk, he's snapping photos on the catwalk.