Have A Corn Dog: Fair Food Without The Fair

Five trailers serving fried reasonable foods, beverages and dessert set up in a car park at the Atrium in Butler County, Pennsylvania

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5 trailers serving fried fair foods, beverages and dessert set up in a car park at the Atrium in Butler County, Pennsylvania

Kiley Koskinsky/Kiley Kosinsky

Summer fairs in Western Pennsylvania are the busiest time of the year. Seivers stated shes used to reconnecting with repeat clients at the fair every year, however she got psychological when they started revealing up at the roadside set up. Rice said the gyro he ordered was a great consolation in place of the fair– something he and his family have participated in for more than 30 years.

The 165th annual Big Butler Fair in Butler County, Pennsylvania, has been called off due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The week of fair video games, fried food and barns complete of prize-winning animals has been a custom for Butler County because the American Civil War.

“All 3 people are taking a trip together and were simply going to strike as many locations as we can. Weve had a lot of people approach us that have parking area or companies that have a location big enough for everyone to set up in,” Seivers said.

Their first stop was about a mile from the Big Butler Fairgrounds. A few social media posts was all it took to get hungry people to stop along the side of state Route 422 for corn pet dogs, lemonades, sausage sandwiches and funnel cakes.

” I suggest, we panicked,” Shelby Seivers said. She owns Three Rivers Concessions with her husband Josh. “This is our income. We do not have [other] tasks that we go back to.”

Canceled fairs are an apparent blow to regional 4-H and Future Farmers of America clubs who have actually been training animals for months to compete in animals shows. But its a success to food suppliers too.

Stories like that make Shelby Seivers smile. She states the 3 households will set up their 5 food trailers any place they can fit this summer.

Jason Rice and Chris Worst came out to the food trip throughout a lunch break. Both men stated they saw the trailers while going by and decided to pay a check out. Rice said the gyro he bought was a good consolation in place of the fair– something he and his household have attended for more than 30 years.

Seivers said shes used to reconnecting with repeat customers at the reasonable every year, however she got psychological when they began appearing at the roadside established. “They informed, like, all the other individuals that they understand that always come and get sausage,” she stated. “We have honestly gotten to see numerous of the familiar faces that we see at the fairs and its been so terrific.”

Employees wear fabric masks, hand sanitizer stations are set up next to the dressings and social distancing is motivated while waiting in line.

Its a grim year for fans of summertime fairs. The 165th annual Big Butler Fair in Butler County, Pennsylvania, has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The week of level playing fields, fried food and barns filled with prize-winning animals has been a tradition for Butler County since the American Civil War.

The season starts in January for the Seivers. They head to Florida and other southern states to set up trailers at occasions all over the East Coast. “We run concessions 9 or 10 months out of the year,” she said. But summer season fairs in Western Pennsylvania are the busiest time of the year. The monetary hit might completely hurt business.

In May, the Seivers decided to establish a stand in Grove City, PA, near their head office. They saw lines out to the street for weeks. That inspired them to coordinate with 2 other vendor groups to plan a, “fairless food trip.” Boyers Ice Cream and John the Greek Food Concessions are also family-run companies.

Jamil Williams, Kaitlyn Norris, and Abby and Carl Saviano shared a picnic table. The couples didnt understand each other, however the taste of freshly squeezed lemonade, corn canines, and Philly cheese steaks produced great conversation as they talked over their meals.