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Fair Food A Family Tradition

Year after year, the food at the fair never disappoints, and that is partly because of the families who came back every year to serve the same great food.

Teasha Buxton has been working at the fair since she was 3 years old, starting with holding the stick for cotton candy, moving up to candied apples when she was 8 then finally ending up at the Pronto Pups stand.

“We love the fair. We have to plan weddings around the fair, babies around the fair,” said Buxton. “This is a huge deal.”

She makes it look so easy, but then again, it’s in her blood.

“It’s a huge family event, my great-grandma started this, then my mom and sisters, then the grandkids,” said Buxton.

The same goes for their neighbors of more than 25 years, the Winders, whom they only see once a year.

“That’s what makes the fair fun, you get to come down here and see everyone you haven’t seen for a year,” said Ann Winder, co-owner of Winder’s Funnel Cakes. “It’s great to see them”

And while times have changed, some things never will, like the annual birthday celebration for “Grandpa Jude.”

“They get me every year. It’s always something,” said Bradley Price, also known as Grandpa Jude.

And they will continue to be brought together by the fair, fried food and family every year.

“They’re still going strong, just loving it,” said Buxton.

“We enjoy it because we do it with our family,” said Winder.

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