Gut-busting food, rides, apes set for Ark. fair

Associated Press

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas State Fair is offering new rides and fat-laden food that's easier to carry, along with entertainment that ranges from country music to performing baboons.

The fair opens Friday in Little Rock and runs through Oct. 21, with daily admission of $8 for adults and $4 for children. Ride coupons are extra and family packs are available.

Fair director Ralph Shoptaw says popular food offerings from past years, such as fried Oreos, are now offered on a stick. Among the unusual menu items this year are roast beef sundaes and bacon-flavored lemonade.

Shoptaw says Little Rock police will provide added security this year in the neighborhood around the fair, with almost three dozen officers on foot patrol.

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