A 'Fair Food' fix

Tuesday, July 28, 2020
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Cookie Bucket, hot beef sundaes to kick off 'Take Out Tuesdays'

Following the recent announcement surrounding postponement, the Clay County Fair has announced two ways to get a fair food fix in the month of August — Non-Profit Take Out Tuesdays and Fair Food To Go.

"From the moment the fair was postponed, we knew our local nonprofits would be hurting," Clay County Fair & Events Center CEO Jeremy Parsons said. "We reached out to all of our nonprofits with this opportunity to help them fulfill their mission in this strange time. While we are announcing our first three 'Take Out Tuesdays' now, we hope to expand this and other food opportunities through September."

The fair has scheduled a number of Non-Profit Take Out Tuesdays to give fair food fans an opportunity to help out one local nonprofit organization and support their mission each week. Vendors will be open from 4-7 p.m. each Tuesday.

Hy-Noon Kiwanis will kick off the new program Tuesday, Aug. 4, serving from The Cookie Bucket and hot beef sundaes from the grill to raise money for scholarships.

Additional dates include Aug. 11 for Spencer Jaycees to benefit the Tree of Joy; and Aug. 18 by Daybreaker Kiwanis serving burgers and fries to raise money for scholarships, the bike helmet mission and UDMO.

Fair Food To Go will be conducted from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, and Saturday, Aug. 8. Fair food enthusiasts will be able to park, walk up, and order a variety of deep-fried and on-a-stick favorites including mini doughnuts, smoothies, corn dogs, tenderloins, deep fried pickles, turkey legs, waffles on a stick, shaved ice, tater ribbon fries and more.

"We look forward to welcoming our fair food fans for these great events through August," Parsons said. "A portion of the proceeds from both events will go to support the operations of the Clay County Fair & Events Center in a year when the postponement of the fair leaves us without 75% of our revenue to maintain the fairgrounds and prepare for next year’s fair."

Admission for these events is free. Vehicles should use the north entrance off West 18th Street to enter the grounds for each event. These events are meant to be "to go" or carry out events; restrooms and seating will not be available. All fair food enthusiasts must follow social distancing guidelines.

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