Hooray, it’s that time of year again! The Orange County fair opened on Friday, July 15th and with free admission and free parking being offered for the first hour – I heard from a fairly reliable source (my daughter who’s working in the Culinary Arts division this year) that more than 20,000 people showed up to take advantage of that special! I later read in the Daily Pilot that it was an astounding 32,000 and Friday’s total attendance was 70,000 – the biggest opening day in fair history!
The theme for this year’s Orange County Fair is “Let’s Eat!”, and of course, there’s going to be all kinds of crazy fried foods – word has it that new offerings from two of the fair’s most notorious food vendors will be deep-fried brownies, deep-fried Kool-Aid, chocolate-dipped corn dogs, deep-fried bacon, a Babe Ruth stuffed jalapeno and deep-fried Girl Scout cookies. As a judge for the Concessionaires Award tomorrow, yours truly will personally have a chance to try a nibble of each and every one of those heart-stopping goodies and I’ll report back on which one is determined, by myself and two other esteemed judges, to be the best and most unique offering at the fair this year.
But that’s not all… this year it’s going to be even harder to decide what to EAT! Not only will you find your traditional favorite fair foods but they’ve kicked it up a notch by including a rotating selection of gourmet food trucks every Thursday afternoon from 12:00 to 10:00 p.m. So if you haven’t had a chance to try any of the food trucks this is the perfect opportunity to check some out – just do it after you finish rocking the rides!
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