While rides and games are staples at fairs across the country, the food served can be just as iconic.

The Hardin County Community Fair & Horse Show is not much different from other fairs. There’s common food, such as chili cheese fries, fish and chips and also more unconventional foods such as deep-fried meatballs on a stick, deep-fried Twinkies and deep-fried mushrooms for purchase.

With many fairgoers staying at the fairgrounds for several hours, lines in front of food trucks are common sights.

Connor Packman of Cecilia was accompanied at the fair Tuesday night by his girlfriend Alyssa Davis of Elizabethtown. One of Pack­man’s meals included a hamburger. It was his first time trying fair food in several years and he wasn’t blown away by the taste.

“It tasted just like a standard hamburger,” he said.

Packman wasn’t impressed by the cotton candy he tried, either.

“It just tastes like basic cotton candy,” he said.

Davis, who described herself as more experimental when it came to trying fair food, said she gets bored if she doesn’t try something new.

“I’m Filipino, actually,” she said. “So I eat a lot of different foods.”

She recalled one occasion where she had a fried Oreo.

“It was probably like a one-time thing,” she said. “I would try it but I wouldn’t get it regularly.’’

Packman said he stays within the typical food range.

“I don’t know about fried Twinkies,” he said. “That’s just bread on bread.”

George Simmons, who has attended the fair in previous years, was eating a funnel cake Tuesday with sugar and cherries on top.

“I like sweets,” he said.

Simmons said when going to the fair, he usually stays away from the fried foods and gravitates toward more conventional food, such as pizza and funnel cake.

“Maybe a hot dog, that’s about it,” he said.

Trey Crumbie can be reached at 270-505-1747 or tcrumbie@thenewsenterprise.com.

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