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4-H food stand returns to fair

Renovations are nearly complete on the 4-H food stand at the Fairbury Fair, formerly the I.O.O.F. food stand.

If you’ve been missing those brownie sundaes and pork burgers from the Fairbury Fair 4-H food stand in recent years, you’re in luck.

The Fairbury Prairie Farmers 4-H Club will once again be serving these favorites along with new items at next week's fair. The former Rebekah Lodge food stand building has been completely remodeled and enclosed for a comfortable fair dining experience – complete with air conditioning and a new kitchen area.

“It is looking fabulous,” club leader Angie Kratochvil said. “We are so excited to have such a great space that will be air conditioned and set up very similar to how we operated our food stand in the past.”

U-shape seating will allow customers to sit around the edge of the dining space while 4-H members serve them food. This also serves as a great learning experience for the young people involved while raising funds for the organization to use for various activities throughout the year.

As the fair transitioned to a new board of directors, the club found out they were interested in having the 4-H food stand back and the Prairie Farmers were excited about the possibility. The club last operated a stand at the fair back in 2015 in a different building which is no longer there. A discussion among club families resulted in a yes vote to return to the fair.

“This will be a great atmosphere to be able to serve in. I hope fairgoers all come and check out the new building,” said Kratochvil.

Kratochvil feels the visitors will enjoy the farm-style atmosphere inside, which fits in nicely with the farm life of club members who care for their animals, among other things.

Menu items will include traditional favorites such as hot dogs, pork burgers and pies along with the addition of pulled pork this year courtesy of Blunier Farms. Pulled pork nachos will be a dining option along with regular nachos, chips, tea, lemonade and Pepsi products.

You will have a big decision to make when visiting the food stand: enjoy Texas cake all by itself or add in ice cream and chocolate syrup for a truly sweet fair experience.

Be watching for updates from the Fairbury Prairie Farmers 4-H Club on Facebook. The 143rd Fairbury Fair runs next Wednesday through Sunday, Aug. 14-18. Look for complete coverage here from

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