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It's Fair Time - Food Galore!

Ashley Valdez, Staff Writer

Sep. 23, 2013

Panhandle-South Plains Fair offers lots of fun and food for all ages

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Corn dogs at the Panhandle-South Plains Fair are just a sample of the fantastic food to choose from for patrons.

Well folks, it's that time of year again!! Those of you that are from around here know exactly what I'm talking about ... fall weather, football, Friday night lights AND the fair!! The annual Panhandle-South Plains Fair will be in town through next Saturday, September 28th. If you're not from the area, the fairgrounds are located on the northeast corner of Broadway and Avenue A. Admission for adults 13 years of age and older is $8 per person and parking is an additional $5 per car. Prices are a little steeper this year than they have been in past years, but I promise it is worth every penny!

My personal favorite part of the fair, by far, is the food. I went the very first night the fair was in town and over-indulged in all the amazing fair food that was readily available to me. I've waited all year for fair food and just could not wait another minute! First, I started off with a foot-long corn dog from the Church on the Rock concession stand with ketchup, not mustard. My little brother got a sausage wrap from the same booth and they were both delicious. After we walked that off, my little brother and I enjoyed a turkey leg from the New Deal fire fighters concession stand - that is the ONLY stand I get turkey legs from - they never fail me in my pursuit of turkey leg perfection! The turkey leg was huge, by the way, so my brother and I shared one between the two of us. I should probably also mention that my brother is a 5-foot, 11 inch, 215 pound teenager with the appetite of a starving lion and he was quite satisfied after the turkey leg, as was I.

I was no longer hungry but just would not resist a funnel cake with extra cinnamon in the powdered sugar, along with chocolate syrup. I will say the funnel cake was a little doughy for my liking, but I finished the entire thing never-the-less. I also cannot fail to mention the three cups of strawberry lemon-aid I drank throughout the evening. The only place that sells strawberry lemon-aid is the lemon-aid stand right smack dab in the middle of the food court. It always has just the right amount of sugar and tart from the lemons and they put a whole strawberry and two lemon slices in every cup.

Everything that I have mentioned up to this point is worth waiting all year for, BUT there is one item that is worth parking, admission and fighting the crowds alone! If you do decide to go to the Panhandle-South Plains Fair this year you absolutely cannot leave without trying a fried Miley-Way with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side. I know! Most people have heard of the fried Snickers bar but, unfortunately, I am allergic to peanuts so for those of us with peanut allergies fried Milky-Way is the way to go! It is slightly crunchy on the outside and the chocolate gets warm and melty, but since it is in the batter it all stays together and then the cold vanilla ice cream on the side is a great contrast to the warm chocolate candy fresh out of the frier! It is AMAZING!!

After all was said and done I was a bit upset that I didn’t get a cheese on a stick, caramel apple, or cotton candy, but I still have a week and I will be back for more! This round of fair food gets two thumbs up from me and, quite honestly, I wish I had four hands so I could give it eight thumbs up! And ... so I could hold more than one fried Milky-Way at a time!

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