Fair food-to-go in Meridian
MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - From funnel cakes to chicken on a stick to loaded nachos, and cotton candy, a drive-thru fair food carnival is going on in the North Hills area.
With local fairs being canceled this year due to COVID-19, organizers of "Fair Treats to go" want to celebrate the tastes of the fair by bringing delicious treats to the community.
“It’s been tough not being able to work due to COVID. This helps us to support our employees as well as our families and it gives the public a little taste of the fair. It puts a smile on a kids face when eating a snow cone a bag of cotton candy,” said manager Michele Brooks.
The food carnival is being held at the Skate Odyssey parking lot in Meridian. Customers are glad it’s here.
“When I first saw it being set up, I said that it was going to be wonderful. It’s at the skating rink. We could do a little skating, eat some good food, and go home. I think this has been real for my family and I’m sure it’s been good for the public because it’s a big turnout every day,” said local Sherita Hogan.
One local said when he goes to the fair he’s only there for one reason.
“When I go to the fair, I just want the food. I like the kids to enjoy themselves. This is good entertainment,” said local Ricardo Brunson.
A local grandmother said this is was a great reason to get out of the house to spend time with her two grandchildren.
“Me and my grandbabies have not been able to get out of the house due to the pandemic. For us to be able to come out of the house to eat around people is something that we missed. The food and atmosphere are wonderful,” said Hogan.
Organizers of the food carnival said staff members are wearing gloves, masks and ask residents to practice social distancing when grabbing your fair food.
“When you approach the food stand, we encourage you to wear your mask. We have signs asking you to practice social distancing. We know it’s hot outside and the lines may get a little long, but we’re doing all we can to ensure everyone’s safety,” said Brooks.
The food fair will be here until August 2nd, operating from 12-noon to 8 p-m, and again August 4th to 9th.
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