Photos: 19 Freaky Fried Foods

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ST. LOUIS -- Americans have turned deep-frying into a sport, and the arrival of county fair season means it's time for the nation's annual showcase of fried fare.

Despite nonstop warnings about the health risks of obesity and the importance of low-fat eating, chefs across the country continue to dream up artery-clogging creations.

Most recently, Charlie Boghosian - of "Chicken Charlie's," a mainstay fair in southern California - has decided to deep fry Kool-Aid.

The photo gallery below shows 19 of our freakishly favorite fried foods.