Music aside, Queen of Soul is pumped for fair food

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — There's something beyond delivering a set packed with her hits that's got Aretha Franklin jazzed about fair season: the food.

Ahead of her Thursday performance at the Ohio State Fair, the Queen of Soul says she's looking forward to tracking down some elephant ears, a dish of fried dough sprinkled with powdered sugar.

There may be plenty of opportunities for fried treats ahead, given that her 2014 tour also includes performances at the Wisconsin and Minnesota state fairs in August.

After some health issues, the 72-year-old R&B diva says she's feeling as good as she did in her 50s. She's taking French lessons and studying classical piano with a Julliard graduate.

She says she plans to perform many of her hits and selections from an upcoming CD.

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