Warren Belasco, American Studies, in the Sacramento Bee

Traditional fair food includes hot dogs and funnel cakes, but at fairs around the country, more exotic choices abound, the Sacramento Bee reported in a July 17 story entitled “Corn Dogs Get Some Very Curious Company.” For example, at the California state fair, attendees can sample maggot sandwiches and grilled raccoon, fried scorpions and dried crickets.

Warren Belasco, professor of American studies, thinks the exotic food trend has something to do with TV programs such as “Fear Factor” and “Survivor.”

“It sounds like a byproduct of the extreme eating stunts on various reality shows,” he said.

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