This is a big day for everybody who knows the best food comes deep-fried, on a stick, or both.

July 11th is National State Fair Food Day.

At the Iowa State Fair, they will be introducing 64 new food items for 2023. Here are the five that sound the most interesting:

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  • Butterbeer Ice Cream
    Harry Potter fans rejoice! The popular wizarding beverage from the film series is coming to Des Mones in a frozen form. It's described as tasting 'a little bit like less-sickly butterscotch'.
  • Catfish or Walleye in a Boat or on a Stick 
    Get your fish fix in whichever form you prefer.
  • Cotton Candy Cheese Cake
    Cheese Cake is taking a page from the craft beer playbook with just about flavor possibility becoming a reality. This delivery method of cotton candy isn't as likely to stick to your fingers as the blue and pink stuff that comes in a bag.
  • Iowa Twinkie-Jalapeno Filled with Pulled Pork, Corn, and Cream Cheese, Wrapped in Bacon, Smoked with Sweet and Sticky BBQ, and Finished with Ranch
    This may set the record for the sheer number of unlikely ingredients crammed into one item. In my wildest dreams, I can't begin to imagine what this might taste like.
  • Peanut Butter Cream Donuts
    You love it on toast, why not enjoy some PB in your donuts?

The 2023 Iowa State Fair runs August 10 through 20 at the State Fairgrounds in Des Moines.

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