Wood County Fair

Mass quantities of people, pork & potatoes at fair

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News Feeding, hydrating and entertaining the thousands of visitors at the Wood County Fair is big business. Just ask the vendors at Mike’s Cheese Shack, where they deep fry golden nuggets of cheese from after sunrise to after sundown. The crew planned to fry a couple thousand pounds of cheese this past week at the fair. “This is our second largest fair,” in terms of the mass quantities of cheese curds sold, an employee of the cheese shack said. “People here like cheese curds.” “They like them all day long,” he said, pointing out the marks on his arm from flying grease. And of course, fairgoers need cold beverages to wash down all that deep fried goodness. Many of them go to the lemonade stand located right next to the entrance of the grandstand. “Our lemonade is amazing,” said Danielle Schlageter, who estimated the stand will go through about 40 cases of 140 lemons each this week. Hot weather helps with sales, but business was busy on Monday evening with cooler temperatures. “They come even in the rain,” Schlageter said. There are also all kinds of freebies that fairgoers collect as they traverse the fair. Some items are even useful, like the packets of bug repellent being handed out by Alex Aspacher and Kami Wildman, with the Wood County Health Department. The two estimated they would pass out 300 to 400 packets just on Monday evening. “We’ll be out here a couple hours each day,” Aspacher said. “It’s a conversation starter that allows us to talk to people.” The fair also gives local politicians the opportunity to shake a lot of hands of potential voters. At the Wood County Republican Party’s booth, State Rep. Theresa Gavarone was greeting voters. She estimated that in her first hour at the fair, she had shaken about 50 hands. Kissing babies? That no longer seems to be a big thing for politicians. “I don’t kiss babies – but I love to see the babies,” Gavarone said with a grin. A few booths down, at the Wood County Democratic…

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