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Fairgrounds Food Fest Surprises Organizers

(LaPorte) - The fair food drive-through out at the LaPorte County fairgrounds this weekend was a bigger hit than organizers expected.

 

Starting Saturday, vendors of greasy goodness lined the midway dishing out fair favorites to customers as they drove by.  Organizer Steve Mrozinski says the idea came about after talking to other county fair leaders across the state. "Everyone kind of brainstormed, and we all kind of came up with the same idea," Mrozinski says. "People are probably getting tired of different other foods, so we thought we'd give them a taste of something new." 

 

Fried deserts, elephant ears, ribeye sandwiches, burgers, turkey legs, ice cream, and Mexican food rounded out the menu. With festivals and fairs mostly canceled this spring, seven area vendors were relieved to be back in business for a solid weekend. And this weekend business was good.

 

Vendors said a steady stream of customers passed through from open to close. At one point on Saturday, a line of cars stretched out of the fairgrounds, out to State Road 2, and down to the National Guard Armory. Fair Manager Don Stoner estimates about three thousand cars pulled through on Saturday and Sunday, which far exceeded expectations. "We had no idea what it was going to be," Stoner admits. "It just proves that everybody wants to get out and do something."

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