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The New York State Fair Food Truck Competition in 2018. The two-day contest will have a different schedule and location at this year's fair. 

There will be newcomers and returning champions in the field for the two-day Taste NY Food Truck Competition at the New York State Fair this summer. 

The fair announced Monday that 39 food trucks will participate in the competition, which runs 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1 and continues on Labor Day, Sept. 2 — the final day of the 13-day fair. 

The returning champions include Tonzi's Catering Company of Auburn, which won the Judges' Choice and People's Choice awards at the 2017 contest. The other past champions in the field this year are Silo Food Truck from Ovid, Smokin Pete's BBQ from Dresden and The Meatball Truck from Rochester. 

There are 12 new trucks that will be participating this year. The newcomers include Glazed and Confused, a popular doughnut shop in Syracuse, and Rapidz Restaurant in Massena. 

The food truck contest will move to a new location. After being held at Chevy Court since its inception, the competition will move to the New York Experience area on the western end of the fairgrounds. 

"The competition is one of the most fun events of the fair," Fair Director Troy Waffner said. "People get to sample all kinds of food they might never have tried otherwise. It showcases the creativity and qualify of street food, nearly all of which is made from great New York state agricultural products." 

Entrants are required to use food products grown or made in New York in their entrees. Each food truck will have one entree available that fairgoers can sample for $3. 

On both days of the competition, fairgoers will vote for their favorite entree. The top vote-getter will receive a $1,000 gift card from Aldi, which is sponsoring the event. The runner-up will get a $500 gift card and the third-place finisher will get a $250 gift card. 

Fashion Rescue 911 from Liverpool will have a clothing sales booth during the food truck contest. Bands will perform on the Experience Stage beginning in the afternoon Sunday and Monday. 

The fair runs from Aug. 21 through Sept. 2. 


Here are the entries for each day of the state fair: 

DAY 1

Skippy's Ice Cream, Liverpool: Trash Can Sundae

Nancy's of Woodstock Artisanal Creamery, Woodstock: Baked Alaska

Glazed and Confused, Syracuse: Dizzy Pig

Smoothies Plus, Rochester: Mango Pineapple Smoothie

Rapidz Restaurant, Massena: Slider

Come Fry With Me, Rome: Classic Poutine

The Chef & the Truck (Chef 4 Rent), Baldwinsville: Pulled Pork Chili Waffle Cone

WingNutz (Roc City Sammich), Rochester: Cheesy Bacon Chicken Bowl

GV Street Food, Belfast: Fried Spicy Buttermilk Chicken Sandwich

Over the Moon Grilled Cheese, Alpine: This Little Piggy

Potato Skin Express, East Syracuse: Thai Sesame Crunch

Bob Barkers, Cicero: Bacon Cheddar Dog

Tonzi's Catering Company, Auburn: Deep Fried Chicken Riggies

Pinkies Barbeque and Catering, Binghamton: BBQ Chicken with Strawberry Spinach Salad

Via Napoli Express, Liverpool: To be determined

Roll'n Deep, Rochester: Garbage Roll

Abbott's Frozen Custard, Rochester: Chocolate Almond Custard

Papa Gallo Taco Truck, Fayetteville: Al Pastor Taco

The Baked Potato Express, Liverpool: Mac and Cheese Baked Potato

Chef's Catering, Rochester: To be determined

DAY 2

Smokey Legend BBQ, Glen Aubrey: Beef Brisket

Byblos Street Grill, Syracuse: To be determined

Smokin Pete's BBQ, Penn Yan: Loaded Pulled Pork Tator Tots

Sarita's, Rome: Savory Beef Empanada

Cue-Dogs, Cicero: Cheese Dog

The Meatball Truck, Rochester: Meatballs

Pascarella's Catering, Liverpool: Bacon Cheeseburger Eggroll

Limp Lizard, Syracuse: Smoked Turkey Slider

Wolf's Patio Pizza, Liverpool: Pepperoni Pizza

PB&J's Streetside Cafe, Syracuse: Philly Cheesesteak Sliders

Glen Edith Coffee, Rochester: Nitro Cold Brew Coffee

Silo Food Truck, Ovid: To be determined

Pig Vycious BBQ, Binghamton: The Suben - Beef Brisket Sandwich

3.21 Salads, Oswego: Taco Salad

That's What's Up, Liverpool: To be determined

Macarollin, Rochester: Maryland Crab Mac

Stockyard BBQ, Morrisville: Pulled Pork Slider

LadyBug Lunchbox, Syracuse: Cajun Chicken Sandwich

Blueberries and Lace Dessert Truck, Central Square: Brownie

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Online producer Robert Harding can be reached at (315) 282-2220 or robert.harding@lee.net. Follow him on Twitter @robertharding.

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I have been The Citizen's online producer and politics reporter since December 2009. I'm the author of the Eye on NY blog and write the weekly Eye on NY column that appears every Sunday in the print edition of The Citizen and online at auburnpub.com.