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Whiskey And Puppets Early Favorites At California State Fair

  Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

The Maddox and Delanoi families marvel at mac-and-cheese-filled cheeseburgers and search for a puppet driving a Coca Cola truck at the California State Fair.

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

The California State Fair opened today at Cal Expo in Sacramento.  Thousands of people lined up early to get the first look at the events and exhibits.

Lara Popyack is with the fair.  

"We've got our Dream Big exhibit, hands-on activities for kids through science, technology, engineering and math-kind of thing about what they want to be when they grow up. You can also get your first library card there from the Sacramento Library.  We also have our Sweet California's Tasty Journey, which is a farm-to-fork model, but around candy."

0711 bm fair coke truck

Jim Maddox from Concord is looking for his perennial fair favorite: "I'm looking for the little Coke truck with the little puppet guy inside? Have you seen him? We come here every year. There's always a guy on a Coca Cola truck with a little muppet guy in it. I want to see him today. I might get a free Coke out of it."

Every year, the fair brings some new food to talk about. This year it's a whiskey-infused, bacon-wrapped churro dipped in maple syrup.

0711 bm fair whiskey churro

Fair organizers expect 700,000 people to attend between now and the fair's last day, July 27th.   

 California State Fair