VAN WERT — If you got a hankering for fair food, you might want to head to the Van Wert County Fairgrounds.
Since Friday, five food vendors have set up their trailers at the fairgrounds for a drive-thru fair food event.
For Bill Prowant, who has two trailers, this event really helps them.
“We have equipment that goes to the Ohio State Fair, a lot of fairs in Michigan and South Carolina. It doesn’t look too good for us right now,” Prowant said. “The governor just wants to have a Junior Fair only fair, which I think a lot of the county fairs in the state have figured out. They don’t have the funds to do that. With most of the county fairs, their income stream comes from the rides and from food and games. So it’s going to be a tough summer.”
This was the first weekend for the event, and fair officials are planning to hold these every weekend until the July 4 weekend. People are welcome to drive through on Memorial Day until 8 p.m. Next weekend, it will be from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
“The idea was to give our vendors a spot to set up to sell their product,” said Anita Smith, marketing manager at the Van Wert County Fairgrounds. “A lot of them that were booked from March until even through June, all their events have been canceled due to the COVID-19 and so they’re all losing out on money, and we wanted to give them a spot that they could earn some income.”
Even though only five vendors made it out for the first weekend, more are expected to join in.
Mckayla Blankenmeyer purchased some funnel cakes with her mother, Kim, and wanted to help out.
“My brother’s fiancee — her family owns a couple of these places. So we just wanted to support them and because it’s nice to have something to do during this whole time and then just get some fair food,” Mckayla Blankenmeyer said.
“Who doesn’t like fair food? Everybody loves fair food. It’s good,” Kim Blankenmeyer said.
Prowant says he’s impressed with how orderly the lines have been.
“We’ve had them backed up quite a ways. It’s amazing how they’re trained now because they’ve been sitting in drive-thrus now for two months. Nobody seems to get very impatient. A lot of them said they’ll be back, so I think it’s going to be a success,” Prowant said.
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