A MOUTH FULL – Keotis Reed, 9, of Lauderdale enjoys a caramel apple dipped in sprinkles on Monday during a visit to the Queen City Fair with his family. Photo by Paula Merritt/The Meridian Star
By Penny Randall / staff writer
Oct. 2, 2002
Dip and twist. Dip and twist.
Queen City Fair food vender Barbara Larkee had the motion down pat as she prepared dozens of candied apples for hungry fairgoers.
Larkee, the wife of Tip Top Amusement co-owner Alan Larkee, works in one of the food vendor trailers that sit on the fair midway at the Lauderdale County Agri-Center.
Within a few minutes, Larkee had prepared a tray of about 50 red candied apples and was starting to rolls others in nuts.
With so many appetizing foods to choose from, Larkee said she thinks candy apples are the most popular in the South.
The Queen City Fair has all the traditional tasty treats and more. Even area churches have joined in selling food at the fair.
Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church member James Rackley wiped the perspiration from his forehead as he took a break from preparing ribs on a hot barbecue grill.
Rackley, along with several other church members, also was selling chili cheese hot dogs and polish sausage.
Heather Vallot, a member of the youth group at NorthPark Church, eagerly helped customers wanting hot pizza.
Local charity organizations are also represented at the fair.
Phi Delta Fraternity was serving hamburgers, hot dogs, sausage dogs and hot buttered corn-on-the-cob.
Their proceeds benefit the American Heart Association and American Cancer Society.
At the American Red Cross tent, a giant, 10-foot replica of a box of french fries welcomed fairgoers.
Barry's station also is the official first aid station at the fair.
A few booths down on the right, Dodie Colvin owner of El Rancho Steak House in Columbus, sold steak sandwiches, funnel cakes and sweet tea.
The Queen City Fair continues through Saturday.
What's your favorite fair food and why?
Morgan Fuller, 11,
Joel James, 11,
peppers and onions. They're worth the price."
Michele Harris, 38,
Walter Staniscavage, 50,