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Did someone say fair food?

Only two more days till the Eastern Idaho State Fair gets into full swing.

But before they open their ticket booths they gave local media a taste of what people can expect to fill their hands and mouths with.

Media personalities got to sample delicious fair food, all while judging each entry to determine the Best New Sweet Fair Food, Best New Entree Fair Food and The Fairest of Them All.

The fair has been around for 114 years, Marcial Meja hasn’t been around for that long but he has had a food booth at the fair for 13 years. He’s also run a business called La Casita Mexican for 25 years.

One of the items he came up with and is excited to debut at this year’s fair is his Carne Asada gourmet taco’s.

“Everything is homemade, I prepare the rice, I prepare the beans and I cook the meat,” Meja said.

He also said he looks forward to the fair each year, “I really like what I’m doing, I like to make people happy when they eat what they really want.”

B.J. Berlin, who owns a restaurant in Roberts also debuted a new dish, Bayou Hopping Frog Legs.

“They are wonderful tender, delectable frog legs from down at the Bayou,” Berlin said.

Last year, Jolene Secrist won best new sweet food for her Toffy Tumbler. This year, she brought it back but had a goal in mind.

“We brought it back to see if we can win fairest of them all. It is really good and in fact before the fair starts people come by and ask if we have any made,” Secrist said.

She said it’s a family business,”We just have a good time. It’s all calorie free during the fair,” Secrist said.

Secrist did win the category “Fairest Fair Food”. She said she’s glad to have the trophy.

The Eastern Idaho State Fair opens Sept. 2 thru the 10.
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