LIMA — It wouldn’t be the Allen County Fair without deep-fried Twinkies, funnel cakes, tenderloins and corndogs. Fairgoers may be adding some new favorite foods to their list, too, when the Allen County Fair opens.
“We have a really, really good assortment,” said Darlene Hollar, director of concessions for the Allen County Fair. “If you keep looking, you’ll find what you’re looking for.”
New this year are Mexican-style street tacos, nachos and freshly made tortilla chips. Deep-fried perogies will make their return this year too, Hollar confirmed.
Taste of the Fair, another fair favorite, returns Tuesday, Aug. 20, from noon to 8 p.m., during which fairgoers can sample a variety of the year’s hottest fair foods for $2 per sample at participating vendors.
“Sometimes you want to try that tenderloin but they’re huge and you can’t try something else,” Hollar explained. “This gives you a chance to sample a variety of things, and it’s only $2 apiece.”
Passersby can sample pulled pork, grilled chicken, tenderloin or sausage sliders, ice cream samplers, pulled pork nachos, roasted cinnamon almonds, cinnamon rolls, kettle corn and more.
Participating vendors will display balloons to alert passersby during Taste of the Fair hours. Vendor maps will also available online at allencofair.com or at the fair office.
Vendors will again be accepting FairBucks, presale tickets redeemable for any food or drink item sold at the fair.
“It’s a great way to send kids to the fair (if you) don’t want to give them a bunch of money,” Hollar said.
FairBucks are available in $5 increments and are accepted by all vendors, Hollar said, but vendors cannot make change with FairBucks.
Some vendors will be accepting credit cards, and ATMs will also be available on the fairgrounds.