America's Wacky Fair Foods

Cotton candy, corn dogs and candy apples once ruled the midway at the local fair, but visitors now want food that's exotic—as long as ...

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Iowa: Octo-Dog

Des Moines

Iowa's annual state fair prides itself on big animals: The Big Boar, the Largest Rabbit, the Heaviest Pigeon. The diminutive Octo-Dog is just another mutant food. Sliced so its strips curl up during cooking, a hot dog is then speared with a straw for easy pick-up and served on a "sandy floor" of macaroni.

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