Just a few of the nearly 70 food vendors at the fair this year build their menus around locally grown, fresh produce despite the Matanuska Valley's New Deal farm colony roots and a two-year Alaska Grown campaign to get more veggies from nearby fields and other local products into food booths.

But let's be honest here.

One of the reasons farm-fresh goodness doesn't dominate at the fair boils down to the deep-fried competition.

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