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.
What: Dairy Committee ice cream
Description: This sweet treat has become tradition for many families and visitors of the fair. Thick, creamy milk from Crawford County cows is churned to create smooth, delicious soft serve ice cream.
Testimonial: “Best ice cream ever,” said Cathy Cummings of McCain. “I’m on a diet, and this is blowing it.”
While deciding what I should order, I saw people walking away with what looked like a foot of soft serve on their cone–the Committee doesn’t slack on serving size. I made sure I got the small, and ordered the most popular, the twist.
“I think people get the twist, because they can’t decide,” said Trish Sweatman, who started working as a window girl at the stand in 1996.
Sweatman, of Venango, is now Manager of the Dairy Committee stand during the fair. ”Whole reason I got started was because I was involved with dairy 4-H,” Sweatman said. “Now I just love it. We all make it a good time back there.”
Proceeds from ice cream sales go towards supporting the Dairy Committee throughout the year. This year, the funds went towards the construction to help fiance the new dairy barn at the fair.
Cost: $1.75 for my small twist cone.
Verdict: I am admittedly an ice cream fanatic, and soft serve is generally not the first scoop I’d reach for. However, Dairy Committee ice cream is some of the richest, creamiest soft serve I’ve tasted and earns my stamp of approval. This is definitely one Crawford County Fair food experience you won’t want to miss.
Have a favorite fair food? Let me know, so I can try it, too!