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Gov 'Eating My Way Across The State Fair'

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The Illinois State Fair officially got underway Friday morning.

Based on the evidence Friday morning on the Illinois State Fairgrounds, it's never too early for fried mini-doughnuts.

Vendors were selling all manner of-deep fried delights, patrons were crowding parking lots, and dignitaries were cutting a red, white, and blue ribbon to mark the official opening of the 2013 fair.

State Fair Manager Amy Bliefnick was optimistic as ever: "I think the weather forecast for the upcoming week looks really great."

In addition to the animals, concerts, and carnival rides, no fair would be complete without the food. And holy cow, the food. One booth was advertising something called "moink balls" — that's a meatball wrapped in bacon — i.e., "moo" and "oink."

And speaking of food, Gov. Pat Quinn kept up what's becoming an annual tradition of detailing his fair menu.

"I had three pork chops on a stick last night," Quinn says. "I look forward to eating my way across the State Fair today and other days as well."

The Illinois State Fair runs through Aug. 18.

Brian Mackey formerly reported on state government and politics for NPR Illinois and a dozen other public radio stations across the state. Before that, he was A&E editor at The State Journal-Register and Statehouse bureau chief for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.
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