SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The Illinois State Fair is debuting four new culinary contests this year.

One contest honors a central Illinois favorite: the horseshoe. The Illinois State Fair horseshoe sandwich competition is Aug. 11. Contestants must make two horseshoe sandwiches, which will be judged on taste, creativity and appearance.

The fair now has a coffee contest too. The only requirement is to create a coffee drink using Seattle's Best Coffee and edible, non-alcoholic ingredients. First place gets $500, a year's supply of coffee and a trip to New York for a national competition.

The American Egg Board and the Illinois Department of Agriculture are sponsoring an egg dish competition. And also new this year is the Backyard Barbecue Pork Chop Contest.

Check the Illinois State Fair's website for contest details.

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workinonit

Disgusting - That "sandwich" is a monument to poor health. Leave it to Southern Illinois to develop a contest around such an artery clogging, fat laden, unhealthy food. Great message to send to the younger generation whom we admonish for their poor eating choices. The contest organizers should be required to contribute 100x their gross take from the contest to some "fattie" fund to defray the costs of future diabetes and heart disease costs that their shining example is sure to produce.

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