Morning News â€” Bob Hudson
Richard Johnson of El Elote Loco describes his company's Mexican crazy corn to members of the media during a Best Fair Food contest on Thursday. In the background are an unidentified TV cameraman, fair manager Brandon Bird and one of Johnson's sons.
BLACKFOOT â€” If you want to know where the best fair food is, you should ask members of the media. After all, they're accustomed to eating on the run, as many people do when they're enjoying the Eastern Idaho State Fair.
On Thursday about 20 media members gathered at the Fairgrounds to judge this year's entries in the Fairest of Them All and Best New Fair Food categories.
Outlaw Catering took away the golden corndog trophy in both categories, winning with its Bullseye Burger in the Fairest of Them All and with their Grilled Cheese Donot in the Best New Food competition.
"Food has always been my favorite part of the Fair," said Tara Moss of Z103 radio in Idaho Falls. "When we're here at our fair booth, we're always scoping out the food.
"What we saw (in this year's competition) was very creative and delicious," Moss said. "It was also decadent. It was things you should only have a couple of times a year for health reasons."
For the next two Saturdays and the weekdays in between, fair-goers will have plenty of food choices as the Eastern Idaho State Fair makes its annual eight-day run.
Runner-up in the Fairest of Them All competition was El Elote Loco's Mexican crazy corn with a peanut butter cup funnel cake from Snappy's Funnel Cakes taking third place.
The Bread Barn's sandwich called Lover's Quarrel finished second in the Best New Food category with a Black and Blue Burger from The Pit Stop and Cookies and Cream Cake Bites from Creamy Creations tying for third place.
Gates open at the Fair at 10 a.m. each day. Booths and exhibits are open until 10 p.m. The carnival, which is near the Bingham County Courthouse, is open until midnight.