Arkansas State Fair Starts Thursday

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The Arkansas State Fair starts Thursday.

For the first time in 48 years, they're adding an extra day for Arkansans to enjoy the food, fun, rides and more.

For some fairgoers, the food is the biggest attraction.

Members of the media got to sample the fair food menu on Wednesday and found lots of sweet and savory treats among the classics like corn dogs and nachos.

Our reporter Rebecca Jeffrey tackled the difficult task that included taking a bite of deep-fried pineapple. If that doesn't sound appetizing, there are hundreds of different food options, dozens which are new.

There are many other deep-fried delights, such as Twinkies, but there's also some unusual items to try.

"We've got a Thanksgiving taco this year, we've got a frosted flake chicken on a stick, we've got a chocolate-dipped roasted jalapeno pepper, we've got bacon-wrapped corn. You name it, we've pretty much got it covered from sweet to salty," says Ralph Eubanks, Arkansas State Fair spokesperson.

There are 50 vendors already set up in the food court and along the midway, three of them are new to the Arkansas State Fair.

Again this year, anyone who wants to have lunch at the fair can drop by each weekday from 11 to 1 and there's no charge for gate admission or parking.

Fair officials say the carnival lovers will enjoy 17 new rides. 

They've also moved all the big cables that usually line the ground and located them above the rides.

Click here for everything you need to know about the 2017 Arkansas State Fair.

For a more descriptive state fair food preview, click here to visit our content partner Kat Robinson's Tie Dye Travels website for more.

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