Music aside, Queen of Soul is pumped for fair food _lowres

FILE - In a Thursday, May 29, 2014 file photo, singer Aretha Franklin looks up while seated on stage during Harvard University commencement ceremonies, in Cambridge, Mass. Franklin, the Queen of Soul says she's looking forward to tracking down one of the powdered sugar-covered confections while she's at the Ohio State Fair to perform on Thursday, July 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

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.