County fairs are famous for delicious, unusual foods, and visitors remember those new treats long after the carnival lights have dimmed. That is why Charlotte Motor Speedway is adding special choices to its Sept. 10-13 Food Lion AutoFair "fair foods" menu that include a pork snack disguised as a candy bar, a national icon turned crispy and a new twist on an old fairground favorite.

Need a protein bar for an energy boost during the largest four-day collector car show and swap meet in the country? There's no need to reach for the granola when you can enjoy the sweet-meets-salty pleasure of a thick applewood-smoked bacon slice covered with dark chocolate and skewered on a wood stick for greater mobility. The scandalous marriage of pork and cocoa is the latest rage in high-end candy shops, where the treat costs as much as a grandé coffee drink, but AutoFair attendees will pay only $2 a slice.

If the United States ever selects an official sandwich, it will likely be of the peanut butter-and-jelly, or "PB&J," variety. A survey by a national producer of jams and jellies recently revealed that the average student will consume 1,500 PB&J sandwiches before high school graduation. This childhood favorite will take on a new life during the Food Lion AutoFair, when it gets deep-fried to perfection and served hot for $3 a sandwich.

Everyone loves the light, fluffy dessert known as the funnel cake. This staple of the county fair is delicious when served straight from the hot oil and dusted with powdered sugar, but the pancake-like shape makes it difficult to share with friends. Specially designated AutoFair concession stands will serve funnel cake fries - crispy little strips of heaven that look like hand-cut french fries. The portable snack will sell for $4 a serving, which includes a container of strawberry "ketchup" for dipping.

"These foods aren't on anyone's diet," said Marcus Smith, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway. "That's why they are so appealing. It seems like everything tastes better when it is fried, frozen or smothered, and you eat it outdoors at a fair."

The Fall Food Lion AutoFair annually attracts more than 100,000 visitors to Charlotte Motor Speedway. It features more than 50 car club displays and more than 7,000 vendor spaces that offer a huge array of automotive parts and memorabilia. More than 1,500 collectible vehicles of all makes and models will be available for sale in the car corral that rings the 1.5-mile superspeedway.

Food Lion AutoFair hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults while children 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. On Friday, Sept. 11, in honor of their public service, all police, fire and emergency workers showing a badge or ID will receive free admission to the Food Lion AutoFair. Parking for the event is $5.

For more information, contact the Charlotte Motor Speedway events department at (704) 455-3205 or visit the Food Lion AutoFair event page.