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Fair indulges twisted food tastes

By: Julie Eng Journal Correspondent
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If you’re going to the Gold Country Fair this weekend you can choose from a variety of traditional fair foods. But if you have a taste for the bizarre, Jack Crawley has the snack for you. The “Twister Dog” and the accompanying “Tornado Potato” are certainly a feast for the eyes. Crawley promised the hot dog, which is wrapped in a spiral of potato and deep-fried, tastes as good as it looks. “I’ve eaten a million of them and I still think they’re great,” he said. Crawley will also be selling the Tornado Potato, a potato spiral sans meat, and sweet potato fries. He offers a wide variety of seasonings in case you find a coiled potato on a stick too mundane. You can sprinkle your treat with everything from apple cinnamon powder to barbecue flavoring. There are a few other vendors that are new to the Gold Country Fair this year, including Danny’s Mini Donuts. Workers deep-fry the mini donuts at the stand so buyers can watch their food sizzle. The Fagundes family of Auburn thought the sweet snack was a nice departure from the typical fair food. “They’re really good,” said daughter Samantha. You can also find fair staples, such as hot dogs, kettle corn, pizza, roasted corn and a number of deep-fried seafoods. Beth Myrick and Melody Yourd, both 16, of Auburn, went straight for the Asian food. “Last time I came here I got shrimp tempura and egg rolls,” Myrick said. “I’m getting it again because it’s enough for the two of us to split.” Sarah Johnson embraced the fair spirit and ordered a traditional meal of French fries and a corn dog. Having grown up in Auburn, Johnson has attended the fair for many years and said she always gets the same thing. Jerry Pitts of Orangevale felt the same way about his fair snack – Pitts said he always gets soft ice cream dipped in chocolate when he goes to the fair. Whether you’re feeling adventurous and crave a bacon-wrapped hot dog, or want to play it safe with fried chicken, the fair has everything you could imagine to satisfy your sweet tooth, or your curiosity. ----------------------------------- GOLD COUNTRY FAIR, Sept. 10-13 HOURS 4 p.m. to midnight Friday; noon to midnight Saturday and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday ADMISSION $4 for everyone 6 and older on Auburn Journal $4 Friday Saturday, Sunday $8 for adult (13 and older) $6 for senior (65 and older) $5 for junior (6 to 12) Free for children (5 and under) Free for military, law enforcement and firefighters in uniform PARKING $5 Saturday, Sunday $4 Friday CARNIVAL PRICES All rides require 3 to 5 coupons or unlimited ride wristband $1 per ticket $28 unlimited-ride wristbands GRANDSTAND EVENTS (prices do not include fair admission) Fast Fridays Motorcycle Races Free for children 11 and under $6 for juniors 12-15 $6 for seniors 65 and older $11 for adults 16-64 Destruction Derby (Saturday, Sunday) $6 children 2-12 $8 13 and older