Treats for all at the Shenandoah County Fair

Shawn Smith, an employee of Fat Daddy's BBQ, holds up a turkey leg from his grill outside Shenandoah County Fairgrounds. Smith, who is from Baltimore, Maryland, says turkey legs and pork barbecue are their top sellers. Rich Cooley/Daily
Charles Kibler, of Mount Jackson, a grill cook for the West Shenandoah Ruritan Club, holds out his creation - the gutbuster sandwich. It includes hamburger, cheese, fried onions and ham on a bun. Rich Cooley/Daily

WOODSTOCK – Craving something sweet, spicy, hot or cold? There’s a good chance it can be found at this year’s Shenandoah County Fair.

Rows of food stands line the walkways of the fair to quench thirst and hunger.

The West Shenandoah Ruritan Club’s food stand at the Shenandoah County Fair is home to the “gutbuster,” which is a cheeseburger topped with country ham and fried onions.

Manger John Moomaw, 73, of Orkney Springs, said this tasty treat costs $4.50 per sandwich.

“We sell a lot of them,” he said.

Moomaw added that another popular item at the stand is the “tummy warmer.” This sandwich is similar to the gutbuster, but without the fried onions.

He said these sandwiches have been a staple at the stand for the last five or six years. They decided to create the sandwich after customers repeatedly asked for a sandwich with ham.

At Big Fat Daddy’s, turkey legs are served up to those looking for a spicier, heartier snack.

Shawn Smith, 33, of Baltimore Maryland, said this is a “real popular” novelty snack at the fair and costs $10 for a turkey leg covered in their secret spice.

Smith likened the 2-pound turkey leg to a meal that might be eaten by Fred Flintstone.

He added that the leg is eaten by fairgoers of all ages and takes between an hour and an hour and half to prepare.

This spicy snack has been sold at Big Fat Daddy’s for 35 years, and has been brought to the fair for the last 10 years.

Also at the fair, there is no shortage of deep fried treats, such as deep fried oreos, twinkies and brownies. Also in abundance are fair staples, such as, funnel cakes, ice cream and burgers in stands throughout the fair.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com

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