Jennifer Rhodes and Monica Boucher look forward every year to sampling the newest South Texas State Fair concoction, as well as anything fried they might have previsouly missed.
"If it's fried, it's got to be good," Boucher joked as she waited for Rhodes' daughter, 6-year-old Nacole, to get her $8 do-nut burger.
The novelty burger - an Angus beef patty stuffed between a sliced-in-half glazed doughnut - introduced to Southeast Texans at last year's fair, is one of the pricier food items for sale this year.
That didn't bother Rhodes, 36, and Boucher, 37, who strategically picked Friday to attend the fair. That was when kids got in free and could purchase ride tickets for $1, leaving both women more money to spend on food, they said.
Fairgoers who aren't so good at planning ahead can still save money on the food concourse once they arrive.
Read more in Saturday's Enterprise - before you go to the fair.