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Food booths did fair business despite COVID
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Food sales at the fair were about normal, according to local food booth workers. Pictured is Crystal Scurlock working in a Holland’s Concession booth.

Crowds at the Warren County A&L Fair food booths were not hampered by COVID concerns.  

Seven of the 11 available booths were open, although there were slight differences from years past and that was the presence of hand sanitizer at many booths and no fountain drinks were served.  

The Midway food booth increased efforts to promote social distance by creating a walk thru line with money only changing hands thru one person who was sitting behind Plexiglass. Ellen Tittsworth noted, “The new process required some tweaking, but it worked pretty well.”

President of Band Boosters, Tisha Barks, described business as being busy and said, “I believe people want to get out.”

Donna Newby, principal at Boyd Christian School, spoke of the attendance by stating the first Saturday was increased and Monday was strong as usual with the Fairest of the Fair pageant. “We are happy to be open have people come eat with us,” Newby said.

Teresa Mullican, with the Moose Lodge booth, added “I cannot tell any difference in the size of the crowed. I believe everyone is happy to be out.” 

Midway’s Carol Grandey said, “I believe the crowd is a heavy as it has been in years past.”

Fair president Regan Kelsey pointed out on Saturday that determining fair attendance is always an estimate with no paid ticket required for entry.

“With a free fair where everyone can come and go as they please, it’s all just estimates,” said Kelsey. “But I’d say we were pretty close to where we were pre-pandemic, maybe just a little lower overall.”

Tina Lassiter with Covenant Academy, one of the four booths which remained closed wanted the public to know that, said, “We missed everyone and we had to close for a variety of reasons. We did not have enough workers to staff the booth, but we certainly look forward to seeing everyone next year.”

Kissel Entertainments’ Keith Hamby, who works in operations, said in reference to the size of the crowd, “I really do not see any change. We try to partner with the community and we love coming to McMinnville. The community here always treats us well.”