It’s fair time and for many this is the week they have been looking forward to. And it’s not just for the children in 4-H.
One look at the Norwalk Reflector’s Huron County Fair 2018 Preview Guide should tell you that. Right there on the cover is a picture of a couple square dancing. There are plenty of things to see and do for at the Heritage Area and grandstand. Wednesday is Veteran’s Day and Thursday is Senior Citizens Day. There also is the open class of competition where adults can show off their talents in anything from photography to flowers.
Come out and look around. And when you are in the Commercial Building, stop at the Reflector booth and say hi.
I’ll be at the booth throughout the week during the day and Thursday night ready to answer any of your questions. Publisher Andy Prutsok will be in the booth from 6 to 8 p.m. today and noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday. Also at the booth will be news editor Matt Roche, sports editor Mark Hazelwood and reporters Cary Ashby and Zoe Greszler. Also at the booth from the circulation department will be Ron Zimpson and Katie Stevenson.
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No matter what age you are, one of the highlights of the fair is the food. This isn’t a good week to start your diet or visit your heart doctor. On the whole, fair food just isn’t very healthy.
But it is good.
Pace yourself. Take a walk around the fairgrounds and set your menu that way. Don’t try to hit up every booth ... it just can’t be done.
I have been getting myself ready for this week. While high school athletes have been going through two-a-days, I have been going through my own “workouts.”
Last weekend Jody and I went to the Ohio State Fair (or is that The Ohio State Fair?). That’s the Huron County Fair on steroids. Just about everything is deep-fried, from Snickers to Twinkies. You could get a turkey leg or an ear of corn. You could get a burger with a doughnut for a bun. It was just one booth after another with anything you could think of.
This past weekend we made a trip to Chicago and kicked it into high gear.
On Saturday we went to the Chicago Hot Dog Fest. Chicago is famous for its hot dogs, most notably the Chicago Style Dog is topped with yellow mustard, chopped white onions, bright green sweet pickle relish, a dill pickle spear, tomato slices or wedges, pickled sport peppers and a dash of celery salt.
I opted for a hot dog smothered in brown mustard, chopped white onions, sauerkraut and plenty of dill pickles. I also tried a hot dog wrapped in bacon.
Other hot dogs available from the 16 different restaurants on hand were the Midway Monster, The Obama Dog, Rahm Dog and smoked alligator sausage. And don’t forget the Hawaiian Dog, Tokyo Dog, South of the Border Dog, Jerk Mac Hot Dog and BBQ Rib & Pork Rind Dog.
Sunday we went to the Ginza Holiday 2018 and the 63rd annual Japanese Cultural Festival.
The choices were numerous but one stood out. Our son-in-law Dan had me try the Hawaiian specialty SPAM musubi — grilled marinated SPAM on top of a bed of rice wrapped in nori (seaweed).
That will be tough to beat this week. But I will keep my eyes open.
See you at the fair.
Joe Centers is Reflector managing editor. He can be reached at [email protected]