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Food a main attraction at the Minnesota State Fair

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Food is one of the main attractions at the Minnesota State Fair in St. Paul.

This year there are almost 30 new food items and nearly 80 foods on a stick. Including some non traditional foods like a salad on a stick.

But there's plenty of fried food to go around, including fried fish, cheese curds, and of course corn dogs. Most fair goers say the food is the main reason they come to the fair.

"That's all you do really is look at animals," sid La Crosse Native Cassie Hioke.

"We're just sort of eating ourselves across the state, we went to the Renaissance Fair, we're just trying to figure out how much of a cardiac arrest we can put ourselves under in one day," said Nick, a visitor for Los Angeles.

On top of corn dogs and fried cheese curds, visitors at the fair are also eating up a lot of wireless data.

Minnesota's four biggest cell-phone carriers say data usage by fair attendees is much higher this year than it was last year.

Verizon Wireless reported an increase of 156% during the first four days of the fair.

The increase is largely due to a huge jump in photo sharing apps such as Instagram and Snapchat.

Use of the official State Fair app eats up data, too. The fair's app has been downloaded tens of thousands of times.

The fair is in its 160th year it runs through Labor Day.

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