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 August 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. Contest details are at the Illinois State Fairs website.
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