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Fair food stands raise key funds for 4-H, FFA chapters

WORTHINGTON -- It wouldn't be the Nobles County Fair without a lot of food, and this year's event doesn't break with tradition. The Nobles County 4-H and the Worthington FFA Chapter will once again have their own food stands, which both give youn...

WORTHINGTON - It wouldn’t be the Nobles County Fair without a lot of food, and this year’s event doesn’t break with tradition.

 

The Nobles County 4-H and the Worthington FFA Chapter will once again have their own food stands, which both give young members a chance to get valuable work experience and provide the organizations with opportunities to raise money that will fund crucial trips, programs and events.

 

The 4-H food stand is manned by an extensive rotation of members, young and old.

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“Everybody has to work at least three and a half hours in the stand,” said Kim Lambert, 4-H food stand manager. “We’ve got 4-Hers from fourth grade all the way up to adults in their 70s working.”

 

The stand will serve a large variety of breakfast, lunch, supper and dessert options. Lambert was especially proud of her crew’s mashed potatoes, which are made from scratch using actual potatoes - none of that “instant stuff.”

 

The stand has specials every day. Thursday is family night, featuring multiple meal options and pork loin provided by JBS.

 

Much of the money goes to transporting 4-Hers to the Minnesota State Fair later this month, with the remaining cash going to programming throughout the school year.

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The stand is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, and will remain open every day through Sunday.

 

Across the road, the Worthington FFA Chapter food stand will sell hamburgers and pork burgers, with the latter option provided by W-2's Quality Meats.

 

FFA Advisor Deb Martin said the fair stand is one of the chapter’s biggest fundraisers, rivaled only by the annual fall fruit sale.

 

“It helps in getting kids to state and national conventions and programs that teach kids about leadership, careers, scholarships,” Martin said. “Some of the money goes to fund contests, leadership camps, community service projects and just to provide snacks for meetings.”

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FFA advisors and alumni members are the primary cooks, while young members will serve customers and help with everything else.

The stand will open at 6 p.m. Wednesday. From Thursday to Saturday, the stand will open at 10:30 a.m., and 11 a.m. on Sunday.

 

For both stands, Midwest Dairy Association donated the dairy, and the Nobles County Corn and Soybean Growers Association provided cooking oil.

Godfather’s Pizza and Dean’s Country Fresh Ice Cream will serve food as well. Of course, mini-donuts, funnel cakes, tacos and nachos will also be available at the Nobles County Fairgrounds, among other sweet and savory options.

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