A food vendor at this year’s Gwinnett County Fair. (Staff Photo: Deanna Allen)
LAWRENCEVILLE — From deep-fried foods to food on a stick, the Gwinnett County Fair has it all.
The list of fair foods goes on and on, from several varieties of funnel cakes — including red velvet — to roasted corn and steak sandwiches.
The deep-fried foods don’t stop at funnel cakes. Fair-goers can enjoy deep-fried Twinkies, Rice Krispies Treats, Oreos, pickles, Snickers, cheesecake and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, among other fried foods.
For the Flanigans, the annual county fair is a family event. Auburn resident Michael Flanigan has run a food truck at the fair for the past 16 years, enlisting the help of his parents, Gwinnett residents Harold and Ida Flanigan.
Harold Flanigan runs one side of the truck — “where it’s so hot at,” he laughs — selling boiled and roasted peanuts and glazed pecans, cashews and almonds, while Michael and Ida Flanigan run the other side, making and selling the deep-fried foods.
“Oreos, cheesecake, Snickers, those are the most popular items,” Michael Flanigan said.
He also sells homemade, deep-fried peanut butter and jelly sandwiches — it’s his second year selling that specialty and it’s his first time trying his hand at deep-fried Twinkies.
For fair-goers who get thirsty thinking about all that fried food, vendors sell soft drinks, lemonade, sweet tea and smoothies. Kody Hampton, a Florida resident who runs Kody’s Key West Smoothies at the fair, said the most popular flavor combinations are strawberry-banana and mango-peach.
Scott Capps of Mobile, Ala., who was busy Friday afternoon frying up sausages, said chicken on a stick is a popular item, as well as the fair food staple funnel cakes. Six varieties were on display in addition to the traditional funnel cake covered in powdered sugar, including Bavarian swirl, cinnamon, caramel, Reese’s cup, Milky Way and strawberry.
One thing’s for sure, there’s no shortage of food options at this year’s Gwinnett County Fair.