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All about the food

Time to eat at the fair

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Posted: Friday, August 24, 2012 12:00 am

COEUR d'ALENE - A couple pages are devoted to where to find important things like your lost kid, an ATM, or the bathroom.

But all three pages of inside spread is reserved for the goods, ... er, grub.

If it can make stomachs rumble, it's at the North Idaho Fair and Rodeo, and the fair guide spells out in seasoned detail where to find precisely the fare you're looking for.

Elephant ears? Of course.

Clam chowder? Now we're talking. And yes, at the Post Falls Lions Club booth.

Deep fried Twinkies, yep, Lamb burgers, check.

If it's crave-able, it's locatable. After all, the chow-down booths bring in at least $70,000 a year for the fair, no small potatoes.

"Anything you want," said Keith Ekness, grilling baseball bat-sized sausages and something called beer balls at Ekness Catering's stand at the fairgrounds Thursday. "Everyone has a different taste and variety."

The one constant, though, is they all bring an appetite.

"It's the best part of the fair," said Dan Gardner, eating a buffet of nachos, fries and hot dogs with his family, not the normal lunch or dinner piling for Coeur d'Alene locals.

But, just as everyone else said, the county fair is a one-time deal, so discipline can go out the horse trailer window.

"It comes once a year," Gardner said. "And if you miss it ..."

You're outta luck. Nobody eats like this at home.

"It's so good," said Lily Sitar, of Athol, who ate chicken, fries and corn on the cob so delicious she "wished it would grow back on the cob," and topped it off with some shaved ice. "It's really good."

Fair guides, with a list of food vendors and their offerings, are available at the fairgrounds. The fair runs through Sunday

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  • My2sence posted at 11:24 am on Tue, Aug 28, 2012.

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    What a great story, that does sounds like a great food experience,..........I too was there with my two kids on opening's our "experience".........

    I should have known what was in store for us once we got inside, before we even entered the ticket booth someone on a stretcher was being loaded into an ambulance, lights flashing, cops directing traffic, so.. we joked that we don't wanna go on the ride that person just did haha,lol...(I'm not cold hearted, the person was moving, & the EMT wasn't moving very swiftly, so we knew at least it wasn't a serious tragedy k) So we made it in, kids right away want to play all the impossible games they will never win, and I remind them that whatever they win, (usually blow up plastic bats) they get to carry all over the fair for the next 4 hours, ok so we head to the mirror mazes, yeah ! that was a fun 14 minutes, then we hit the rides, actually the rides hit us, see there is a new ride at the fair this year, it's the bungee jump, where they strap you into the protective harness & hook a couple rubber bands to ya, tickets? ...oh no this money pit ride only accepts cash or credit cards, $5 for 3 minutes of jumping, so my son goes first, and I have to say, I've never seen a bigger smile on his face when he was sling-shotted up in the air ( I'm trying not to be too sarcastic because truthfully there were a few moments of "fun") ok, so my 12 year old daughter is next, she gets all strapped in, and away she goes, doing real good, back flips, front flips, and after a few jumps most everybody looses some bounce, so what the carny's do is they grab ahold of your strap in front of you and give you a hefty "pull down" to get ya some more bounce momentum, up until that point my daughter was all smiles, cute metal braces & all, that she just had tightened at the dentist two hours prior, so her poor mouth was already sore, then it happens... he pulls her down so hard, and leaned way too far into her that her mouth smashes onto the top of his shoulder, BAM !!, in the blink of an eye, her evening is done, just that fast, her mouth that was already sore, was now 50 times worse, I saw it happen, so I rush over to where they were at to asess the damage and give her big squeeze & help wipe her tears away, it seemed like an eternity for him to get that stinkin strap off of her, anyway she comes running to me, I give her a big hug while she's trying to explain to me what happened, the young carny comes over to us, and gives us his academy award winning apology, then tells me "if she want's, later, she can jump for free again" I didn't know whether to laugh histerically, or slingshot his @$$ to the moon. ok, so 1st, no bleeding, 2nd, no swelling, & 3rd, no damage to her 5 thousand dollar smile. So we go sit down for a bit, I ask her if she wanted to go home, she said "no" even with tears rolling down her cheeks, after about ten minutes, we decide to walk around for a while, and durring that walk, she musters up enough strength to start messing with her little brother again, so now I know she's gonna be ok, "LET'S GO ON A RIDE DAD !!" ok, ok, how bout the ferris wheel? YES!!! so we get to the wheel....OF DOOM, were in line for about 5 minutes before it dawned on me THIS THING IS BROKE!!, NO POWER, and people are stuck on this ride....for a half hour, AND the spanish speaking fella....JUST WALKED AWAY! didn't say nothing to anyone, just walked away, well obviously he went and got a "technician" that is skilled in fixing 44 year old fair equipment, fire and rescue were ready to start saving people....WHAT!! ok, were deffinately NOT going on the ferris wheel, scratch that off the list. Then I noticed that a 1/4 of the fair rides were not even set up yet, my younger son wanted to ride the "bumble bee" ride, goes round and round and up and down....(supposed too anyway!) nope, just round and round. They did find a couple of rides that they were happy with after that, now were hungry, time to eat, my daughter wants a slice of pizza and a sno-cone, "sorry dont have sno cones" okaaay how bout a soda?, she has about 4 bites, not only is it awful, but her mouth is still too sore from the bungee death ride to chew the cardboard crust, well me & Aiden have a hankerin for a corn dog, get one every year, yummy, we wait the traditional 12 minutes in line, put in our order..."two corndogs and a cotton candy please" ok, that'll be EIGHTEEN DOLLARS !!!!!...... HUH!!! ARE YOU KIDDING ME???!!! HOLY @#$%!!@#, hope she wasn't expecting a tip, ok, so where's the condements for our 14 karat gold dogs?? over there on that table, ok on that tabe sat 2 jugs, one was ketchup, the other was mustard, thats great, where are the tiny cups to put the above mentioned items in..."sorry were out of them" the big sweaty cook says...thats it, nobody messes with my fair food, I say to him "really?, the very first day of the fair & your out of stuff already?" "sorry" he says again. so we do it old school & drizzle both ketchup and mustard up & down the length of our prized corn dogs, for me that was ok, for my messy son...well let's just say it looked like I drizzled him in the stuff. now we head back to more rides, passing through all the games with carneys telling me I'M HALF A DAD if I don't win my kids something...blah blah blah, My daughter convinces my son to go on a ride that well...makes you sick...and well, thats just what happened, now I have a kid who's mouth throbs every once in a while, and a kid who just gave the fair BACK their blue ribbon corn dog, so needless to say, $120 later, we were done. My advice? never go the fair on the first day, actually, never go to the fair. What an expensive, epic failure. My kids even said it stinks, nope, next year that $120 bucks will be spent on something...oh I dont know...FUN & ENJOYABLE.
    I can't believe they make it sound as if bringing in SEVENTY THOUSAND DOLLARS on food is some sort of great thing....that $70,000 comes from bending folks over and charging them $6 for a corn dog !! $6 for a bag of cotton candy !! gimmie a break

  • my own opinion posted at 4:16 pm on Sat, Aug 25, 2012.

    my own opinion Posts: 397

    Never been to the fair not interested, broken down rides and unsanitary foods....

  • Janmarie posted at 7:11 am on Fri, Aug 24, 2012.

    Janmarie Posts: 16

    What a sad event for this family that waited each year for our grandson and grandaughter to grow tall enough to be able to ride the rides only to be told THE RIDES ARE NOT WORKING!!!! even though the tickets where being sold for the rides.
    We ate, we walked, we waited and spent more money than we could afford and then to have to tell our little ones NO RIDES! This was the first time in years we attended the fair and with out a doubt will be our last year.

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