Fried Sriracha balls are a finalist in the 2014 Big Tex Choice Awards, the State Fair of Texas' annual food competition. The Fried Sriracha balls are the creation of Mark Zable.

Fried Sriracha balls are a finalist in the 2014 Big Tex Choice Awards, the State Fair of Texas' annual food competition. The Fried Sriracha balls are the creation of Mark Zable.

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Update on Aug 1, 10:54 a.m.: Several readers have asked, and now we can answer: Tickets for the 13th Annual Big Tex Awards are on sale now. The event will take place on Sunday, August 27 at the Tower Building in Fair Park. A ticket will cost you $100, but that price includes entry into the Fair and free swag. All proceeds will go toward the State Fair of Texas Youth Scholarship Program.

Not sure what the event is? It's your chance to taste-test the 10 fried food finalists (which will be culled from the list of semi-finalists below) and get a preview of the rest of the new food for the year.

Tickets are limited. You can buy them here.

Original story: You're hungry for a snack and you've been walking around in the Texas sun. How does a Fried Cheesecake Stuffed Apple Sundae sound? Or perhaps a Tamale Donut? Maybe beer battered beef jerky?

These are among the 30 semi-finalists announced this morning for the 2017 Big Tex Choice Awards. The awards, put on every year by the State Fair of Texas, typically generates the buzziest food of the fair.

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That's not down too much from the initial 47 entries, but this year's contest will be a bit different in that three winners will be crowned: Two for Best Taste ("Sweet" and "Savory") and one for Most Creative.

Last year's big winners were Fried Jell-O and cookie fries, according to the judges. (The GuideLive staff disagreed, calling the winning foods a letdown.)

10 finalists will be revealed in a very showy fashion on August 27.

The full list of 2017 semi-finalists is:

Beer Battered Beef Jerky
Cajun Fried Deviled Eggs
Crawfish Lollipop
Deep Fried Bacon Wrapped Mozzarella with Jalapeno Ranch
Deep Fried Breakfast Cupcake
Deep Fried Chicken Noodle Soup on a Stick
Deep Fried Fruit Loops
Deep Fried Reuben
Deep Fried Root Beer Float with Dragon's Breath
Dreamy Drunken Sopapilla Cheesecake Bar
Fat Smooth
Fried Arroz Con Pollo
Fried Cheesecake Stuffed Apple Sundae
Fried El Paso
Fried Mango Loco
Fried Redneck Wedding Cake Balls
Fried Sloppy Joe Flautas with 'Not Cho' Fries
Fried Texas Dirt
Fried Texas Sheet Cake
Funnel Cake Bacon Queso Burger
Gulf Coast Fish Bowl
Oreo Beer
Pinot Noir Popcorn
Ramen Grasshopper Cookie
Southern Fried Chicken Monte Cristo
Surfin-Turfin-Tator Boat
Texas Fajita Fries
Texas Fried Cowboy Fritters
The Tamale Donut
Tipsy Topsy Catfish on a Stick

The State Fair of Texas runs Sept. 29-Oct. 22 in Dallas. See how to get cheap State Fair tickets here.

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