Fair food does more than feed hungry fairgoers


August 4, 2021

At the 2019 Blaine County Fair Bob and Deanna Berg enjoyed a couple of pronto pups at the Chinook Lions food booth. The Bergs said, "We came to the Blaine County fair just to enjoy a pronto pup." This year Deanna said "We had several pronto pups during the Hill County Fair and plan to visit the Blaine County Fair to enjoy pronto pups again." It's estimated the Chinook and Havre Lions clubs sell about 10,000 pronto pups during the Hill and Blaine County fairs each year.

Correspondent's note: Alert readers may recall a story I wrote in 2016 about food booths at the Blaine County Fair. I researched and wrote the story after I worked my first time ever in a fair booth. I was curious about how the booths operated, what kinds of revenue they generated and how that revenue was used. Turns out there's a lot more involved with food fair booths than simply opening the doors (or, raising the covering over the serving windows) and taking in money. Here's an update on local fair food booths, the important role they have in the local community and some of the challenge...

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