(INDIANAPOLIS, IN) - The theme for the 2011 Indiana State Fair is "The Year of the Soybean" and that means there will be soy in the food.
Judges gathered at the fairgrounds Thursday to sample and rank this year's selections for the signature fair food contest.
The judges will rank their favorites among the top 5 finalists.
The details and opinions of each dish will be posted to a website for the general public to vote and select the ultimate winner.
All of the dishes must have some connection to soy.
Vendor Monica Yurick has won the contest 3 times with such creations as deep-fried corn fritters, deep-fried bananas foster cheesecake on a stick and deep-fried pizza.
This year, Yurick is a finalist with a spicy deep-fried tofu on a stick and that's served with a spicy ranch dipping sauce.
Other finalists include a bacon-flavored pork burger from the Indiana Pork Producers and a grilled cheese sandwich on sourdough bread from the American Dairy Association.
Both groups hail the soybean as a primary ingredient in livestock feed, nourishing the pig that becomes the pork and the dairy cow that produces the milk for the cheese.
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