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Vendors add flavor to St. Lawrence County Fair

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GOUVERNEUR - Robert T. Langendorfer pulls a giant teal-colored slab of taffy off a hook, and spreads it onto a surface.

He then cuts the candy into smaller pieces and serves it, throwing in a free sample or two for customers.

“That one is spearmint,” he said. “Our peppermint taffy is actually really popular at the Gouverneur fair.”

Plying his craft, Mr. Langendorfer provides a spectacle along with candy at Fowler’s Taffy, a small stand tucked in a corner of the Gouverneur and St. Lawrence County Fair.

Fowler’s Taffy has been around for about 90 years and has done taken part in 40 events this year in the state, Mr. Langendorfer said.

The business was just one of about 15 vendors this week at the fair, according to director Don A. Peck.

“I try not to overbook the vendors. We want all our vendors to be able to profit,” Mr. Peck said.

He added most of the vendors have been serving customers for many years.

Though the fair food has remained the same, one vendor has done a twist on a popular beverage.

Mullen’s BBQ Catering, a restaurant in Gouverneur, provided staples such as pulled pork, but it also had an addition: wine slushies.

“We got a permit to sell wine slushies at the fair,” said Corey C. Rogers, who works at the business.

“These slushies are made out of Thousand Island wine and are very sweet,” he said.

Because the drinks are alcoholic, only adults may purchase them and they can only drink them near the vendor.

Though fairgoers admitted the fried food is bad for them, they are more than happy to indulge in the tradition.

“You only want what you shouldn’t have,” said Sherry E. Bushey as she ate a pizza.

“Fried dough and slushies are the best,” exclaimed Taylor L. Ormasen, a 10-year-old fair-goer.

“No, it’s definitely cotton candy,” said Amber Ormasen, cutting off Taylor, her younger sister.

Then, after pausing, she added, “OK, I must admit I run the cotton candy stand here at the fair.”

Amber, along with her brother, Nicholas Ormasen, owns the Cotton Candy ‘n’ More stand as part of a family business.

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