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Deep-fried comes in all flavors at the Sonoma County Fair

  • Ashley Chavez, 9, watches cousin Eduardo Tellez, 8, work on a pound of fries at the Sonoma County Fair, Wednesday July 30, 2014 in Santa Rosa. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2014

Among the unsolved mysteries of the universe is the appeal of a hamburger patty stuffed between two Krispy Kreme doughnuts.

Sarah Jarlsberg of Santa Rosa plunked down $9 for one Wednesday at the Sonoma County Fair, on the simple logic that “it sounded good.”

Why not? Eating at the fair is an excuse to experiment with the known laws of nature, to color outside the lines of accepted nutritional science and to explore the world of hallucinogens without actually taking any.

Sonoma County Fair Food


Because really, whoever dreamed up a lobster corn dog had to be out of their mind.

Turns out, though, it’s the most popular item by far at Sharky’s Fish Fry.

Ania Ogorek said she’d never heard of or tasted a corn dog prior to getting a job with Sharky’s. But the Warsaw, Poland, resident was so impressed with the deep-fried delicacy that she’s planning to open a corn dog stand when she returns home to Poland.

Europe already has french fries. But the mound of curly fries Eduardo Tellez ordered Wednesday from Big Jim’s Dawg House was clear and convincing evidence that Americans will super-size anything if given the chance.

“That’s too much,” the boy’s brother, Luis Mendoza, said after Tellez sat down to begin his assault on cholesterol mountain. “I couldn’t eat half that.”

Alyssa Curtis of Petaluma compared eating at the fair to being on “vacation” and not worrying about the consequences of one’s actions, which in her case included eating a polish sausage ordered from Stuffies.

“You pig out,” Curtis said.

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