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Green Jell-O and fry sauce: BYU professor looks at folklore of Utah foods

As a folklorist, BYU English professor Eric Eliason studies the cultures, traditions, stories and customs of everyday people. Where's the prime place to see all of those things come together? The state fair, of course.

Watch as Eliason discusses the folklore behind Utah foods at the Utah State Fair.

Eliason's research is for a book he's currently working on all about the folklore of Utah foods. Along with Jell-O and fry sauce, the book will look at funeral potatoes, scones, thick shakes, Sanpete turkey, Bear River raspberries, Postum and more.

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Eric Eliason at the Utah State Fair.

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Fried green Jell-O.

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A distinctly Utah scone.

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The Utah State Fair funeral potato competition. (Many more Eric Eliason and Utah food photos available per request.)
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