The Funnel Cake Bacon Queso Burger was a big winner.

State Fair of Texas

Scenes From the 2017 Big Tex Choice Awards

They came. They fried. They conquered.

Hundreds of fair food enthusiasts gathered at Fair Park on Sunday, August 27 for the 13th annual Big Tex Choice Awards. Ten dishes went head-to-head for three awards: “Best Taste (Sweet),” “Best Taste (Savory),” and “Most Creative.”

The winners were determined by a panel of judges which included Michelle Rodriguez (New Country 96.3 KSCS, midday on-air personality), Adam Medrano (deputy mayor pro tem and Dallas city council member, district 2), Casey Donahew (musician), Jack Perkins (restaurateur), Lisa Taylor (99.5 The Wolf, on-air personality), Rocky “ROCK-T” Turner (national radio and TV personality), and a 10-year-old girl named Cali who was randomly selected from the crowd.

The winning dishes:

Best Savory and Most Creative
Funnel Cake Bacon Queso Burger by Tom Grace and Edna Sutton : Two funnel cake “buns.” The first bun is topped with a burger patty, crispy bacon, and queso. The second is dusted with powdered sugar.

Best Sweet
Gulf Coast Fish Bowl by Clint Probst: A boozy “drinkable aquarium” with blue punch, Nerds candy pebbles, and Swedish fish.

My personal favorite dishes, for anybody who cares, were the Deep Fried Chicken Noodle Soup on a Stick, Surfin’ Turfin’ Tator Boat, and Fat Smooth.

The State Fair of Texas runs September 29 through October 22. You can get your tickets here.