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Sunday, July 31, 2011


Deep-Fried on a stick : There’s no food like that fair food


Amanda Jost of Wahpeton sells cheese curds to some customers as fairgoers wait in line for the cheesy treats
Every self-respecting fairgoer has experienced the food on some level – whether it is something as radical as deep-fried pickles, or just a modest pile of cheese curds. By: NATHAN KITZMANN, DL-Online
FROM: dl-online.com
The pickles, by the way, made their Becker County Fair debut this year.

Jill Winkels — the Manager for Hansen’s Amusement Foods out of Fergus Falls, which hosts all of the for-profit vending in the fair food court — says the dish has been an unexpected success.

“They’re going over very well,” she said. “It’s a very good product.”

Such is the nature of the fair-food vending business: show up, sell products that seem appealing and hope they catch on.

There is no safety net to protect the vendors from ruin, nor is there a large, bureaucratic company to take most of the workers’ profits.

In a rare departure from convention, the food vendors — Midway-associated and independent alike — operate very democratically.

Personal earnings are directly contingent on sales, so everyone works together to make every precious stop as successful as possible.

Co-workers must operate almost as a family to be profitable, and loyalty to the company is a must.

“This isn’t a business you can let someone run for you,” Woodward said. “You have to travel with it.”

Fair food vending is capitalism in its purest form, a cutthroat game of Sink or Swim.
READ MORE:
http://www.dl-online.com/event/article/id/62058/

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