Getting to the fair early is optimal for beating the heat and the crowds, but you need to power up to make it through a whole day. Surprisingly, there's plenty of breakfast options on the fairgrounds.

Getting to the fair early is optimal for beating the heat and the crowds, but you need to power up to make it through a whole day. Surprisingly, there's plenty of breakfast options on the fairgrounds.

The Tracey Company inside Brown Arena has all the traditional options - eggs, bacon, biscuits and gravy, hash browns, pancakes, etc. We skipped all that because we were on a deep-fried mission from God.

Unhealthiest way to start your day? Chocolate-covered bacon at The Sweet Shop in the Marketplace food court. Again, our self-imposed fried-only rule prevented us from sampling this Homer Simpson-inspired snack.

Instead, we tried a deep-fried strawberry Pop-Tart. Covered in powdered sugar, there's no better way to get an instant sugar rush.

Next up, Inky Dinky Donuts served bags of mini-doughnuts sprinkled with cinnamon. Nice touch. Inky also served cups of joe, milk and orange juice.

Deep-Fried Pop-Tart ($4)

We had high hopes for one of our favorite pre-baked toaster pastries, but the frying left no discernable Pop-Tart flavor. The thick batter made it more like a bland doughnut covered in powdered sugar lots of powdered sugar.

Inky Dinky Donuts ($4, bag of 15 cinnamon)

These sweet, slightly doughy, half-dollar-sized rings were pure fried goodness. It was like eating deep-fried air, if air tasted like the best doughnuts ever. Some of the best stuff we tried all day.