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By Bianca Montes
Oct. 5, 2013 at 5:05 a.m.


Tali Kloss and her daughter hovered over a basket of juicy crawfish Saturday night at Bootfest.

The duo had tons of choices when it came to dinner; vendors were servin' up just about anything deep-fried and covered in powdered sugar. However, Mama was loud and clear when she said: "We didn't want anything fried."

"I can feel my arteries clogging just looking at it," she laughed.

The two-day street festival hosted a variety of entertainment, from up-and-coming country performers to one of the meanest corrals for children in the West. But based on long lines and overstuffed bellies, the magic was at the food trucks, and hardly anyone was worried about the calories they were consuming.

Fifteen-year-old Abigail Gwosdz laughed when she thought about the calories in the fried ice cream she and some friends were sharing.

According to the calorie-counting website calorieking.com, fried ice cream can be more than 800 calories and 21 grams of fat, which is more than 20 percent of the suggested daily value.

The cook behind the fried goodies, Joe Trevino, 50, of Port Lavaca, said the treats are dipped in a modified version of his secret funnel cake batter and then deep-fried. Rubbing his belly, he said he was not at all worried about the nutritional values in the food.

However, when it comes to the guilty pleasures of the festival, the highest yielding food isn't something sweet - it's the deep-fried turkey leg weighing in at 1,136 calories with 54 grams of fat.

Barbara Littles ran the fried turkey leg stand at the festival with her sister and said Bootfest is not the place to worry about your diet. "People come to eat bad and have fun."

As for refreshments, just about every other hand had a light beer in it. Coming in at 110 calories, it was probably the safest bet.

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