PLEASANTON -- What is the most awesome fair food of the year?

Could it be the blistering world's hottest ice cream? Or maybe the macaroni and cheese stuffed bacon burger?

The Alameda County Fair will hold its first annual Snackdown competition at noon Tuesday to pick the most awfully wonderful fair food of the year.

Judges will choose a winner from 12 finalists, chefs who will turn out deep-fried peanut butter cups, spaghetti ice cream, pickle dogs, lobster on a stick, lobster fries and deep-fried grilled cheese sandwiches -- among other treats.

The competition will be at noon at the Festival Square stage at the fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton. Entrance to the competition is free with fair admission. Gate admission ranges from $8 to $10 per person, parking is $10. Call 925-426-7600.