Fat Fete, Grease Gala, Lipid-palooza

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If you let the state fair get by without trying the fried Oreos, take heart: the Southern Fried Festival is this weekend in downtown Columbia.

Dedicated to all things battered and deep-fried, there will be so many lipidacious goodies. Confirmed so far are fried chicken and fish, fried pies, fritters, funnel cakes, fFrench fires French fries, fried cucumbers and fried candy bars. No word yet on fried green tomatoes or fried bologna.

Five Columbia chefs will match spatulas in a fried peanut butter and banana sandwich cook-off, judged by Elvis impersonator Chuck Baril.

For a touch of the surreal, Red Hat Society chapters from southern Tennessee and northern Alabama will compete in a millinery meet: hats must be made from a KFC bucket. Last year 37 people took up the challenge. Start your glue guns now.

Oh, and there will be Greek food. From East Tennessee. Y’all I swear it’s true.

Southern Fried Festival, Courthouse Square, Columbia, September 26, 27. www.southernfriedfest.com

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