Ariz. State Fair opens Friday

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- How does bacon cotton candy sound to you? How about truffle bacon Gouda fries?

Those are just a few of the new foods being offered at this year's Arizona State Fair, when the fair opens this Friday.

If you like your food deep-fried, chances are you''ll find something that suits your taste. Some other new items making their debut:

-The "Big Rib" - two pounds of beef on a 17-inch bone

-Deep fried PB&J S'mores

-Hot wings made with Malaysian scorpions and ghost pepper

Along with the adventurous food, visitors should be prepared to experience out-of-this-world entertainment and heart racing excitement. The 2013 Arizona State Fair is full of new exhibits, interactive shows, and Midway rides. Many of the new attractions are free with paid admission, including the all new Great American Duck Race, Secret Circus, Tyzen, the Hypnotist, Wolves of the World, Icemen Ice Carvers, presented by Climate Pro Air and Heating, and Life in the Ice Age, presented by Sears Vacations.

This year's star attraction, Star Trek: The Exhibition, is one of the largest collections of authentic Star Trek artifacts and information ever put on public display. A truly impressive array of exhibits featuring sets, costumes, priceless museum pieces and props from all five Star Trek television series and eleven Star Trek feature films. Together, these components offer Star Trek fans and novices alike an opportunity to experience firsthand the imagination, artistry, technology and meticulous craftsmanship that have made Star Trek the most enduring science-fiction franchise in history. Admission is just $5, and children 5 and under are FREE with a paid adult admission. Separate Fair admission required and the exhibit is open daily during the Fair.

If you need to take a break from all the excitement and thrills, two new areas will debut: The Hangout and Play Space. Adults who are looking to escape the madness of the Fair will find refuge in The Hangout, a brand new entertainment venue featuring fun games, stage entertainment, and a wide variety of beer, wine, and mixed drinks. With its lounge-like atmosphere, The Hangout is something you won't want to miss, presented by Hensley Beverage Company's Arizona Craft Beer Division. For kids eight and under (with their parents,) Play Space offers the chance to - 3 - 2 - 1 - BLASTOFF! Your little astronaut will delight in this space-themed play area filled with indoor toys and games, arts-and-crafts projects, coloring, reading time, and more. It's out of this world!

Get ready to experience live heart-racing action at the Great American Duck Race. Lucky members of the audience are chosen to hold and release one of four Mallard ducks as the starting horn sounds. Ducks race along their custom water track to the finish line, with prizes awarded to each winner. May the best quack win.

Fair-goers will meet Agents Honeymoon and Butterfly, two highly trained operatives with a license to thrill at Secret Circus. In their spy-themed interactive comedy show, they combine all the elements of a spy thriller with rocking circus stunts. Equipped with a 7-foot stealth cycle, a bow and plunger-arrow, a skateboard catapult, and a host of deadly juggling tools, nothing can stop these two agents on their mission to entertain.

Wolves of the World is your chance to experience the ONLY traveling wolf pack in the world! This show features demonstrations of natural animal behavior, wildlife and environmental conservations, and the do's and don'ts of human interaction with wild animals FREE with Fair admission.

Life in the Ice Age, presented by Sears Vacations, will immerse Fair-goers in a world when saber-tooth cats and woolly mammoths roamed the earth. This museum-quality exhibit features nine animatronics and a static family scene of mammals from the Ice Age. Members of both the science and museum communities contributed to the design of this exhibit to ensure the highest degree of accuracy.

At the Icemen Ice Carvers show, you'll marvel as these skilled craftsmen transform blocks of ice into works of art right before your eyes, using nothing but electric chainsaws, chisels and hammers, and other tools of the trade. This show is free with Fair admission. Brought to you by Climate Pro Air and Heating.

Prepare to be mesmerized by Tyzen the Hypnotist. Tyzen's "Hypnosis That Rocks" comedy hypnosis show generates a highly entertaining performance where audience members are transformed into the STARS. This show is free with Fair admission and runs from Wednesday, October 16 to Sunday, November 03.

Six new Midway rides will debut at the Fair this year. Four rides will appeal to small children: Quad Runners, Farm Tractors, Motor Bikes, and VW Bugs, while older children and adults alike will be thrilled with the adrenaline-packed experiences that the all new Mach 1 and Insanity rides provide.

All the favorite attractions will return as well including: Great American Petting Zoo, High Fly'n Zip Lines, Kerr's Farm Tours brought to you by AZ Milk Producers, Model Railroad Display presented by The Thunderbird Model Railroad Club, and Native Spirit Dances.

A tradition in the state for nearly 130 years, the Arizona State Fair consistently supplies a healthy dose of family entertainment, homespun creations, and attractions for all ages and interests. It continues to attract numerous Arizonans each year to its location at 19th Avenue and McDowell Road, including last year's attendance of 1,154,271.

The 129th annual Arizona State Fair runs October 11 to November 3 (Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays) and hosts a variety of fun-filled attractions, activities, and rides for all ages at its traditional location at 19th Avenue and McDowell Road in Phoenix. Additional information can be found at