You probably know my sweet tooth by now. First on the list of my county fair memories is cotton candy.
Yep. Followed by candy apples, caramel apples, cola, ice cream; and that is just the warm-up for the funnel cakes, elephant ears, sugar waffles, etc. We didn’t have deep-fried Twinkies or candy bars at the fair when I was young, but I wish they had. We did have chicken-fried bacon and chocolate-covered bacon, though. We had chocolate-dipped everything, from bacon to apples to marshmallows to pickles (first deep-fried in batter, then dipped in chocolate). A small wonder we didn’t die on the spot, but back then, kids were made of sturdier stuff and we ran around like maniacs and burned off 5,000 calories a day.
Cotton Candy when I was younger, Funnel Cakes & Old-Fashioned Soda now. (And if you twisted my arm, I’d link the video of me actually knitting whilst riding the double-ferris wheel! ;D)
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Then we went for the savory foods. Gyros, Italian sausages, ribeye sandwiches, pork tenderloin sandwiches, fried veggies, curly fries with malt vinegar and salt, hot dogs, foot long hot dogs, 1/4 pounder hot dogs, cheeses, fish tail (both as sandwiches and as part of a dinner at the United Methodist Church food stand) and my personal favorite, the chicken and dumplings by the large Styrofoam cupful from Three Moms Catering.
If we were lucky we’d get in on the pie eating contest, too. For some reason it was always blueberry pie. Messy, but good, though.
To drink there were all the sodas sold at the time, the lemon shake-ups, milk shakes, orange aide, lime aide, Gatorade (this was long before the power drinks such as Red Bull or Powerade), coffee, sweet iced tea, and water from the fountains if you were broke.
What with eating like horses and riding all the rides, I’m surprised we didn’t all hurl like crazy, but I don’t remember any of the gang getting sick except one or two of the girls who had “delicate stomachs” anyhow. We even climbed the greased pole and caught the greased pig, but those are outlawed now because of blood-sucking, !@#$%^&**%, lawyers.
You must have a stomach of steel, my friend. My goodness. :-/
Almost forgot, there was also a chocolate syrup drinking contest. They used CANS of Hershey’s chocolate syrup. You were given five big cans and a can opener and when they said “GO” you began. First one finished wins. Chuck Hannah always won those. He could shotgun a can of Hershey’s. Skinny as a rail – a famine on two feet, that boy was. Still is today, or was at the 30th reunion. For old times’ sake he shotgunned a can of Hershey’s at the reunion.
I no longer feel i have a sweet tooth. Holy cow! :)
It reminded me of the contest when I saw the two cops drinking maple syrup in the comedy movie about Vermont (?) State Troopers.
I had worked up an appetite reading War Pig’s posts, but he quashed it with the narrative about chugging Hershey’s syrup… :)
When I was eight or so, went to a fair. Ate a whole thing of cotton candy all by myself, then went down a slide. Not anyting even remotely extreme, just a burlap sack slide. Got off the slide, and threw up all of the cotton candy, and have never wanted to eat it since.
I have more of a salty tooth than a sweet tooth anyway.
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