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LA County Fair: A fried food report

As summer comes to an end—sob!—the LA County Fair is your last chance at a fried food bonanza

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Think about the most unhealthy dessert you can have. Then fry it.

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Fried Oreos ($6) at the LA County Fair. Drizzled in chocolate and dusted with powdered sugar, this is your snacktime staple gone rogue.

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Craving a turkey leg as big as your calf? They have those.

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Bacon maple funnel cake ($11.65) at the LA County Fair. Would you like 15 chopped strips of bacon on your fried and maple-glazed dough? Yes, yes you would.

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Fried frog legs and fries ($9.95) at the LA County Fair. Tastes just like chicken...with hints of fish...so really, nothing like chicken.

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A meat sundae ($7.75)—that's pulled pork piled on mashed potatoes and topped off with a cherry tomato—at the LA County Fair. Because nothing sounds more appetizing than a meat sundae.

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Fried avocado ($8.95) at the LA County Fair. It's a vegetable, so it's healthy. Right?

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Fried Twinkie ($4.95) at the LA County Fair. Like its cousin, the fried Oreo, fried Twinkies will leave you confused as to why you've been eating a regular Twinkie your whole life.

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Krispy Kreme Triple Deck cheeseburger ($10.95) at the LA County Fair. A single deck costs as much as the triple deck, and you will not feel any less guilty.

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Fried cheesecake ($8) at the LA County Fair. If you only allow yourself one fried dessert at the fair, this should be it.

There are a couple things you learn when you visit the LA County Fair, which comes to a summer's end on September 28. You will learn that Pomona on a 104-degree afternoon means that cold beer is not only wanted, but necessary. You will learn that riding the Zipper after said beer is not always the best idea. And you will learn that pretty much anything can be battered and deep fried—frog legs, retro desserts (welcome back, Twinkies!), you name it. To indulge your inner child one last time this September, check out the best fried, sugar-covered, donut-sandwiched food at the county fair. Did we mention there's a meat sundae?

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