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By Rob Frank GoErie.com staff blogger
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Posted: August 28th, 2011
Fair Food Saturday: Garbage Fries

State and County fairs are infamous for their eclectic food offerings. A week’s worth of food for a week at the Crawford County Fair.

Parker's Garbage Fries at the Crawford County Fair. This is BEFORE I took a crack this massive pile.

Parker's Garbage Fries at the Crawford County Fair. This is BEFORE I took a crack this massive pile.

What: Garbage Fries at Parker’s Concessions

Description: I’d seen the bowls all over the fair. Piled high with everything from bacon and cheese to sour cream and pork, these bowls of freshly cut fries went by many names, depending on what topped the dish. Porktato, Garlic, Garbage, Loaded, Buffalo, Hillbilly, just scratched the surface of fried possibilities.

Over at Parker’s Concessions, they specialize in these and many more varieties, and they promised me a mighty–but still meatless–pile of fries.

I opted for one of the traditional favorites: Garbage Fries (although they tell me Loaded is one of the most often ordered due to it’s “simplicity.”) This “veggie” version included sauteed onions and peppers, cheese, ranch, banana peppers, and I added ketchup and salt and pepper.

Testimonial: “Why don’t I give you a fork, … or two!” said Parker’s Concessions worker Gary Lee when he served up my hot bowl of fries. “That way you can just dig right in.”

Two towering "large" 16 oz. orders of fries at Parker's Concessions.

Two towering "large" 16 oz. orders of fries at Parker's Concessions.

It seems most people split their orders with multiple people. It’s just a chore eating it on your own–these overflowing bowls are best eaten with a fork.

Cost: A “small” 12 oz. bowl is $8, while a “large” bowl is $10.

Verdict: Garbage Fries 1, Ginny 0. Training for a 5K, I have just about had my fill of fair food, and when I stopped on my bowl of Garbage Fries, it looked like I had hardly made a dent. I liked the combination of the flavors blending together, but after you get down to the center, everything starts looking–and tasting the same.

A good fair food pick, but unless you don’t plan on eating anything else for the rest of the week, split with a friend–or four.

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That’s the end of my Crawford County Fair Food tour! Find more photos in my gallery. Thank you to everybody who told me their favorite foods to try!

If you have any photos from the fair, submit your own at GoCrawfordCounty.com.

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