food at the county fair?

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Does it pretty much go without saying that food at the county fair is off limits for a person with pa? It seems like it to me, but I wanted to see what others would say. This used to be such a fun thing for me and I had always looked forward to taking my kids someday. -Nicole

On Aug 7, 2001

I don't know about that. Here are some of the foods I associate with being at the fair. cotton candy soda pop watermelon canteloupe hot dogs chips fench fries (provided you ask to see the container the oil came in) hamburgers pickles popcorn tomatoes corn on the cob

I bet you could go, no problem. Is your child airborne sensitive? Maybe you could still go but just be extra cautious. I don't think I have ever seen a lot of nut items at a fair, just mostly sugary junk (which I love) Hope you can find a way to go, Alisa

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On Aug 8, 2001

We go to a big fair in Pennsylvanina every year and pack our own food now, according to what we bought there in previous years. Now when we go, I make fudge and caramel corn for the ride there and home. The day before, or the day of the fair, I try to make funnel cakes and cheese fries. The Tootsie Roll company makes a type of cotton candy in small foil bags, I can't remember the name (Fluffy Stuff?), but it's good and peanut free. I try to get these during fair time.

Having all these goodies available gives my children the ability to walk past all those concession stands with no more than a glance. Sure, maybe sometimes they feel sad they can't stop and buy something (especially my non-PA kids), but they know they're not being deprived of something 98% of the population is getting. They're still getting it, just not buying it at the fair. In fact, we're going to the fair next month, and one of my kids was just talking about making fudge a few days ago!

Be very careful at certain fairs, too. Our local, small community fair has a roasted peanut stand. I've heard you can smell the peanuts throughout the whole fair. An article was even written about the smell (or rather "stench" to us PA-conscious people), in our local newspaper last year. If your child is sensitive to inhalation, you may want to avoid small fairs like the plague. In large fairs, you may just have to avoid that particular area. It really would depend on your comfort level, and your child's sensitivity.

On Aug 8, 2001

At all of the local fairs that we go to in TN (actually I am from PA too) have many, many peanuts. Of course, in the south, there are peanut lovers here. We have roasted peanut and boiled peanuts and you can smell it everywhere. I do believe my son had an airborne reaction one time at the fair. Almost every concession stand has some kind of nut product. We still go to at least three fairs every year but are just very cautious to look for reactions.

On Aug 8, 2001

I've never seen a peanut stand anywhere and I don't think I want to!

Just returned from our fair where my son chose pizza pockets. Not exactly traditional fair food but he was happy.

On Aug 9, 2001

I know we are going to my hometown fair this weekend and I am terrified. The grandparents want to take our PA son and his brother and sister. I do not know what to expect. What if the rides are contaminated with peanut residue??? I think I will look foolish going around and wiping all the handles and seats to protect my son. Food at the fair will be a definite NO-NO. Cleanliness at least at the fair I went to as a kid is not a top priority like say a restaurant. I am sure I will be a nervous reck. I will have to let you know how it goes.

On Aug 12, 2001

Well, we made it, I mean I made it. I thought I would post and tell everyone we had a really good time. It brought back old memories from when I went as a kid. We just stayed away from the food stands that sold more than one item that way I did not have to worry too much about cross contamination. My son went on a numerous amount of rides and loved everyone. Great trip!!

On Aug 12, 2001

Well, we made it, I mean I made it. I thought I would post and tell everyone we had a really good time. It brought back old memories from when I went as a kid. We just stayed away from the food stands that sold more than one item that way I did not have to worry too much about cross contamination. My son went on a numerous amount of rides and loved everyone. Great trip!!

On Aug 14, 2001

Just a note to watch fried foods at the fair. We attended our county fair in Monterey Ca last week and all the food booths used peanut oil except the funnel cake and cotton candy booths. Needless to say we had to leave the fair to eat. But other then that we all had a great time.

On Aug 14, 2001

Thanks everyone for your replies. I did go to the fair with my son. He's only 15 months old so I didn't get anything for him to eat. No peanut stands, but did pass a corn dog stand with a big red heart on the side that said "We use peanut oil for a healthy heart". I'm sure next year food will be more of an issue if Jack wants to eat something. I agree with others of you who complain that our society revolves so much around food. How come every time something exciting and fun is happening we also have to be eating. No wonder there's such an obesity problem in our country.

On Aug 14, 2001

Of course i always worry about the food thing,but me manage just fine. fortunatly Chris is a health food person and therefore the things with nuts he figures are not healthy and he is o.k. with that. The healthy thing is a long hard to explain story for another thread. My biggest fear is that a couple of years ago our county fair was in trouble with spreading of the "Ecoli" virus so therefore i am way to afraid of taking my kids to a fair. a small child died because of this mistake and I just can not imagine trying to keep all of the things away from the kids. We will go to the Great Escape a few times and call it done. Best wishes to all claire

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