3,952 hot dogs on shopping list Food is large order for fair concessions


The shopping list for the fair concession stands reads something like this:

* 800 gallons of ice cream

* 3,400 pizzas

* 5,000 snowballs

* 525 pounds of pork barbecue

* 470 pounds of beef barbecue

* 3,952 hot dogs

* 4,760 pounds of french fries

* 432 gallons of iced tea

It's a good thing Rose Frebertshauser doesn't have to push a grocery cart to buy it all.

Mrs. Frebertshauser orders food for the concession stands and makes sure there's enough to last the week. It's a job for an organized person who knows how to track down bargains.

Part of her experience is a result of her paying job -- she is food services manager at Manchester Elementary School. The rest she has learned as a fair volunteer.

This is the fourth year she has been in charge of the concession stands.

The Westminster resident also is the leader of two 4-H clubs and mother to two former 4-H'ers.

Mrs. Frebertshauser said she's proud of the fact that fair-goers will pay the same price for their meals and snacks as they did last year.

A scoop of ice cream still is 50 cents, coffee is 25 cents, a slice of pizza $1 and a ham sandwich $1.50. It's the cheapest lunch in town this week.

She calls local food suppliers in June to find the best prices. Some supplies, such as napkins and cups, are donated. At the end of every day, she takes inventory and orders more if necessary.

David Fleming of Hampstead, who has dipped ice cream for many years, is assisting Mrs. Frebertshauser this year.

Six groups organize teams of volunteers to work in the various stands.

The Young Farmers group dips ice cream, the Homemakers sell snowballs, the Farm Bureau makes sandwiches, the 4-H All-Stars sell soda, the Grange sells french fries and the 4-H'ers make pizza.

The stands are open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Mrs. Frebertshauser arrives by 9 a.m. to get things ready and usually stays till 11:30 p.m. to clean up.

The stands have to pass inspections from the county Health Department, she said.

"You can give up sleep for one week," she said good-naturedly.

Profits from the stands keep the fair going and mean organizers don't have to charge admission, Mrs. Frebertshauser said.

"The food is the moneymaker of the fair," she said.

Last year, food concessions raised $30,327, fair board treasurer Ralph Dull said. The barbecue sandwiches raised the most money -- $11,500.

While some fair-goers munch on pizza and french fries as they walk around the grounds, others take a seat for a meal in Burns Memorial Hall Cafeteria, where it's cooler.

Kaye Jenkins of Sykesville has ordered food and helped prepare it in the cafeteria for nine years. She said this will be her last year.

The cafeteria volunteers serve three meals a day and two special meals -- a pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. today and a roast beef dinner from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday.

Last year, about 400 people ate 200 pounds of sausage, 1,000 eggs and pancakes made with 90 pounds of mix at the $4 breakfast, Mrs. Jenkins said.

At the $7 dinner, about 1,000 people polished off 560 pounds of roast beef, she said.

The money from the cafeteria also is returned to the fair. Last year, the profit was $4,139, Mrs. Jenkins said.

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