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County fair foods draw crowd


Robert T. Langendorfer pulls a giant teal-colored slab of taffy off a hook, and spreads it onto a surface. He then cuts the monolithic candy into smaller pieces an serves it, throwing in a free sample or two for customers.

“That one is spearmint,” Mr. Langendorfer 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 St. Lawrence County and Gouverneur fair.

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

Fowler’s Taffy was just one of approximately 15 food vendors this week at the St. Lawrence County and Gouverneur fair, according to Director Don A. Peck.

“I try not to over book the venders. We want all our vendors to be able to profit,” Mr. Peck said. Mr. Peck added that most of the current food vendors have been serving customers at the fair for many years.

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

Mullen’s BBQ Catering, a local restaurant in Gouverneur, provided popular staples such as pulled pork, but it also had new addition to the fair: wine slushies.

“We got a permit to sell wine slushies at the fair,” said Corey C. Rogers, who works at Mullen’s BBQ Catering, adding, “These slushies are made out of Thousand Island wine and are very sweet.”

Because the drinks have alcoholic content in them, only adults are able to purchase them with proper ID and can only drink them in the immediate radius of the vendor.

Though fair-goers admitted that the fried food is bad for them, they are more than happy to indulge in the traditions.

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

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

“No, it’s definitely cotton candy,” Amber Ormasen said, cutting off Taylor, her younger sister. Then, after a moment of pause, she added, “Okay, I must admit I run the cotton candy stand here at the fair.”

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

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