State and county fair season is in full swing, and with it comes its dizzying array of wacky, deep-fried and otherwise over-the-top culinary concoctions.

Standard fare at these events has never been considered healthy, but fair vendors go out of their way to create increasingly ridiculous gut-busting offerings and fry up things previously thought un-fry-able.

Take for example the deep-fried stick of butter offered at the State Fair of Texas, or the deep-fried Kool-Aid at the San Diego County Fair. Even a hamburger topped with deep-fried ice cream. These dishes may be grotesque, but we've got to give credit for ingenuity.

Click through the gallery below for our round-up of the all-time most ridiculous state fair foods.

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  • Deep-Fried Kool-Aid

    Hats off to the kitchen whiz who dreamed this one up. These <a href="" target="_hplink">deep-fried Kool-Aid</a> balls were recently served up at the San Diego County Fair. <em>Photo by Flickr user <a href="" target="_hplink">cuttlefish</a>.</em>

  • Deep-Fried Beer

    Something about deep-fried beer makes us think these things make a terrible mess when you bite into them. Still, points for ingenuity goes to the folks behind this stunt. It was featured at the State Fair of Texas in 2010. <em>Photo by Flickr user <a href="" target="_hplink">David Berkowitz</a>.</em>

  • Kool-Aid Pickle

    We're slightly perturbed by the obscenely bright color of these pickles, but then again, they are marinated in Kool-Aid. <em>Photo by Flickr user <a href="" target="_hplink">Social_Stratification</a>.</em>

  • Deep-Fried Samoas

    Forget deep-fried Oreos -- save your appetite for <a href="" target="_hplink">deep-fried Samoas</a>, the long-cherished coconut and chocolate Girl Scout cookie.

  • Fried Ice Cream Sandwich

    You eyes do not deceive you. You're gazing upon a cheeseburger topped with a <a href="" target="_hplink">deep-fried ball of ice cream</a>, which was featured at the Florida State Fair.

  • Spaghetti Sticks

    Behold! This year, the Minnesota State Fair is offering <a href="" target="_hplink">spaghetti sticks</a>, which are spaghetti noodles, tomato sauce, mozzarella and parmesan cheese wrapped in pizza dough. With more spaghetti sauce for dipping!

  • Spaghetti Ice Cream

    The "signature food" of the 2012 Indiana State Fair? <a href="" target="_hplink">Spaghetti ice cream</a>, produced by Monroe Concessions. It's actually not as mind-bending in flavor as it is in presentation. It's actually made with <a href="" target="_hplink">gelato noodles, strawberry tomato sauce, shredded white chocolate cheese and chocolate "meatballs."</a>

  • Fried Salsa

    Is salsa still considered a condiment when it's served with <em>another </em>sauce to dip it in? Deep thoughts and more occur to us while gazing upon this <a href="" target="_hplink">fried salsa</a>, which was served up at the State Fair of Texas in 2011.

  • Hot Beef Sundae

    These savory creations have been <a href="" target="_hplink">popping up at state fairs everywhere</a>, including the Tennessee State Fair in 2011. Dig in if you and your taste buds are up for some mind games.

  • Chicken-Fried Bacon

    <a href="" target="_hplink">Chicken fried bacon</a>, anyone? We're going to file this under "completely unnecessary." Unfortunately (or fortunately?), patrons at State Fair of Texas in Dallas thought otherwise and named it "Best Tasting" in 2008. <em>Photo by Flickr user <a href="" target="_hplink">carabou</a>.</em>

  • Pulled Pork Parfait

    Calling it a parfait is throwing us off, but this pulled pork parfait actually looks pretty delicious, if you ask us. It was an offering at the South Florida Fair in 2011. <em>Photo by Flickr user <a href="" target="_hplink">Bob B. Brown</a>.</em>

  • Deep-Fried Butter

    Regrettably, this is real. <a href="" target="_hplink">Deep-fried butter</a> appeared at the Iowa State Fair, and the inventor talks about it in this video. Just try not to feel greasy afterwards, we dare you.

  • Deep-Fried Bubblegum

    Our mothers always warned us about swallowing our gum, but maybe this is the exception. <a href="" target="_hplink">Deep-fried bubblegum</a> won "most creative" dish at the State Fair of Texas last year. It's actually a marshmallow that's been dipped in pink batter, fried and topped with blue icing and some Chiclets.

  • Deep-Fried Frito Pie

    Thank you, State Fair of Texas for bringing us the <a href="" target="_hplink">deep-fried Frito pie</a>. Whatever would we do without it. <em>Photo by Flickr user <a href="" target="_hplink">Texas Fried Frito Pie</a>.</em>

  • Chocolate-Covered Corn Dog

    How do you make a corn dog even less healthy? <a href="" target="_hplink">Cover it in chocolate</a>. Naturally. Good thinking, Orange County Fair.

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