Fair food…fair or unfair?

By Frank Lewis - flewis@civitasmedia.com

Government officials have a busy job, and among the many things they do every day, is make decisions. That does not change when they go to the Scioto County Fair. When you are surrounded by stands with everything from popcorn to ice cream – from lemon shake-ups to snow cones, it is hard to make a decision. Add to that the many church booths and everything from chicken and noodles to barbecued chicken and breakfasts that start a 4-hers busy day and you have somewhat of a dilemma, so The Daily Times put some of our leaders on the spot and asked a very simple question – “What’s your favorite fair food?”

“I like the brats,” Scioto County Commissioner Doug Coleman said. “I don’t really need to eat it but I like to have that, it’s pretty good.”

Coleman said he is looking forward to manning his booth at the fair when he plans to pass out shirts and hats.

Another familiar face at the Scioto County Fair is Scioto County Commissioner Mike Crabtree.

“I always did try to find some of those frozen bananas. I like them when they dip them in chocolate,” Crabtree said. “I’m not real big on the cotton candy anymore. I was when I was a kid, but I’ve kind of gotten away from that. There used to be a Vietnamese cuisine that I used to go to, but it hasn’t been there for a number of years. Frozen bananas are probably my all-time favorite.”

Scioto County Commissioner Bryan Davis has a tactic that has worked for him for a lot of years.

“I wait until no one’s watching and I sneak over to the greasy shoestring fry guy and get my annual fix of fair fries,” Davis said. “My favorite fair food is fair fries. Those are the real thin shoestring fries with cheese on them. It’s terribly bad for you, but I don’t care.”

If truth be told, everyone has multiple favorites, and Davis is no exception.

“Elephant ears are awesome. I like pulled pork at this one particular place,” Davis said. “I like a lot of the food like ice cream from the John Deere guy. Those are all good, but the one that stands out to me. Trust me, when I’m at the fair, I’m scouting out the fair fries.”

Davis has a theory about eating food that may not be healthful for the body.

“What happens at the fair stays at the fair,” Davis said.

Apparently both Davis and Portsmouth City Manager Derek Allen are fries guys.

“When I do go I like lemon shakeups and fair fries with the vinegar on them,” Allen said.

Portsmouth City Solicitor John Haas is a fair-goer as well, and his favorite is another of those fair fares that everyone loves.

“Probably the elephant ears,” Haas said. “I like the corndogs too. That would be my two things -oh, and anything deep-fried.”

Scioto County Engineer Craig Opperman doesn’t have to travel too far to get to the fair. His office is right at the end of Fairground Road, which gives him a chance to visit multiple times each day. But he does have a favorite.

“That’s a tough question,” Opperman said. He would be right. “Usually it’s one of the church booths and either chicken noodles or a chicken plate of some sort. My kid, Jared, especially, gets chicken noodles every day. He finds a church booth and he sticks to it.”

There will be the full range of fair food – hamburgers, hot dogs, funnel cakes, elephant ears, snow cones, all will be available by concessionaires on the midway.

By Frank Lewis


Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.

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