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Laughing Through Life: July 25, 2012

Andrew Henderson

A month from now, Central New York will be basking in all things New York State Fair.

When I mention the New York State Fair, what immediately comes to mind? The animals? The buildings, musical concerts, or the midway? How about the annoying clown in the dunk booth? Cold cups of chocolate milk, anyone?

Or is it the people who actually attend the fair? This annual event is probably one of the best people-watching spots on the planet — right up there with LaGuardia Airport in New York City and a REO Speedwagon concert.

For me, it is — and always will be — about the food. I must admit, however, that I only go to the fair once every couple of years. I am not a fan of having to spend money to purchase a ticket just to get inside to spend more money to purchase food. I usually like to pay once for my food. Usually.

I will also admit that I am sometimes intrigued by the food concoctions they come up with at the fair. Oh, I like to stick to my favorites, but I also like to change things up a bit.

The new concoction this year, according to a news release from the fair folks, is something called the Big Kahuna Donut Dog, which is the sidekick to last year’s sensation, the Big Kahuna Donut Burger.

The Big Kahuna Donut Dog is just what it sounds like: a hot dog wrapped in a glazed donut. But, instead of the usual condiments of mustard, ketchup and relish, the dog is wrapped in bacon. Well, I guess you could still put mustard or ketchup and relish on it…if you really had to.

In my life, I have been in some situations where I have been very afraid, including the time when a Cuban soldier armed with a machine gun was examining my undergarments while in a dinky airport in Cuba (that’s a story for another time).

The threat of being thrown into a Cuban prison, however, doesn’t compare to the Big Kahuna Donut Dog.

It’s not what you think. I am not worried about clogging my arteries, having an instant heart attack, or any other cliche you can think of when it comes to high-calorie, high-fat food items.

I’m afraid that if I do eat a Big Kahuna Donut Dog it will take away from my love of donuts, hotdogs, and bacon.

In other words, I don’t want to ruin my love affair with any of them. I’m afraid if I try this — and it ends of being totally disgusting — that it will diminish my fondness for each of them. It’s a risk I am not willing to take.

State fairs are synonymous with fried foods — and the New York State Fair is no different.

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