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Podcast 45: All's (Kentucky State) Fair: The Ouita and Chris Report

Chefs Ouita and Chris have their own proven paths through Kentucky's immense, noisy, greasy, happy, food-drenched state fair. They cherish the agricultural and food exhibits: mules and jacks, pigs, prize-winning country hams and sorghums, gorgeous made-from-scratch cakes, quantities of garden produce and foods from Kentucky's forests.

By tradition, each Ouita and Chris (and Willa) trip MUST begin with a Pat's Best Dressed (Hot) Dog, a Kentucky Fair institution since 1966.* (Chris and Ouita take theirs Chicago style.)

We published a few of chef-radio host-turned photographer Ouita's 2016 State Fair images here. Enjoy our juicy, sticky, yummy, pawpaw-and-persimmon drizzled debriefing of the 2016 Kentucky State Fair, chef-style.

Potato creatures as political contestants and protestors: A Kentucky State Fair "Critters" exhibit. Photo credit: Ouita Michel.

Potato creatures as political contestants and protestors: A Kentucky State Fair "Critters" exhibit. Photo credit: Ouita Michel.

*Ouita's notes on Pat's Best Dressed Dogs, aka Pat's Footlongs: Founded in 1966- celebrating 50 years at the State Fair- Founded by N. Patrick Ising in 1968. He was a milk man and wanted to earn extra money to send his kids to school.

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