Handful of vendors to satisfy fair food cravings

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Trisha Geyman, London resident and Madison County Fairgrounds manager, picks up an order of cheesy pretzel nuggets at Miller’s Homemade Soft Pretzels at last year’s Madison County Fair. Miller’s is one of a handful of concessionaires offering food and treats at this year’s fair.

(Posted July 9, 2020)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

Fear not, foodies! While a full-blown fair isn’t on the agenda this year, the Madison County Agricultural Society (senior fair board) is making sure those who love fair food can still get their fix.

During fair week (July 12-18), at least a half-dozen concessionaires will be on the fairgrounds, dishing up delicious treats. It’s not the 50 food booths the fair usually features, but the vendors who are on site offer a nice spectrum of options.

“We came up with a good variety,” said Trisha Geyman, who started contacting vendors in June shortly after the fair board decided to move forward with a Junior Fair this year. “We thought about how many vendors we could support with this year’s set-up so that it could be successful for everybody. I think what we came up with is going to be just about right.”

The following concessionaires will be open for lunch and potentially more each day of the fair. The fair board left hours of operation up to the individual vendors.

Peggy Sue’s Fair Food Concessions–In addition to breakfast options, Peggy Sue’s sells sandwiches, from BLTs to Texas tenderloins, as well as ribbon potatoes, fries, macaroni cheese bites, hamburgers, walking tacos, taco salads, and more.

Cate’s Steakhouse Catering–This veteran of the fair circuit offers up wraps, a variety of loaded nacho plates, frybread tacos, sandwiches, chips and drinks.

Miller’s Homemade Soft Pretzels–New to the Madison County Fair last year, Miller’s made a great impression with a whole host of pretzel options, from regular salted to cinnamon sugar, ranch, garlic, and salt and vinegar.

Rader’s Old Fashioned Homemade Ice Cream–There’s no mistaking the sound of the hit-and-miss engine Rader’s uses to churn out ice cream on the spot. Flavors include the tried-and-true vanilla, strawberry and chocolate, along with cookie dough, mint chocolate chip and others. The cool sweet treat comes in bowls, on cones, in shakes, and as rootbeer floats.

Jumbo Iced Tea–The name says it all, and if fair week comes with the heat it usually does, these big cups of iced tea will hit the spot.

Chicketti Family Fryer–This vendor is the new kid on the block. Chicketti Family Amusements was scheduled to provide rides for this year’s fair. When the fair board decided to go with a Junior Fair only, that meant rides and nearly all entertainment were off the table. But the business will be able to put their food truck to work. Expect to see funnel cakes, deep-fried cookies, corn dogs, and other fried food on the menu, along with lemonade to wash it all down.

Geyman said she is waiting to hear back  from a few more vendors, so this list of options could be longer as fair week rolls out. Watch the Madison County Fair’s Facebook page for updates.

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