WARSAW — Area service organizations play a huge role in satisfying the appetites of fair-goers at the Kosciusko County Community Fair with a variety of dishes and desserts.
Three Lions Clubs maintain food booths at the fair: Leesburg, Lake City and Etna Green.
Leesburg Lions Club serves soft serve ice cream, vanilla and chocolate in cups, sugar cones, milk-shakes and sundaes. These are sold at both of its booths, the main one located at on top of the hill, where it’s been for 50 years, and its secondary location by the diary barn. It receives much of its supplies from Farm Credit Services and GreenMark Equipment of Leesburg.
Proceeds go back into the Leesburg community to help needy students, provide scholarships, give funding to the Leesburg Summer Recreational League and more. Additional information can be found on the club’s Facebook page by searching “Leesburg Lions Club.”
Lake City Lions Club food stand is, of course, best known for its slush, which it started selling at the fair more than 50 years ago. It serves orange and lemon slush, its most popular flavors. The stand also sells hotdogs and brat sandwiches. Last year the club partnered with the Warsaw Lions Club in order to open the booth by noon each day.
The proceeds from the stand benefit several Lions Club International projects such as eye clinics, cornea collections, old eyeglass collections and Leader Dogs for the Blind.
Etna Green Lions Club will serve hamburgers, cheeseburgers, fish, tenderloins, hot dogs, cheese dogs and chicken strips. The club also has the “Lions Burger,” served with pepper jack cheese. The stand will offer pies, too.
Like the other Lions Club booths, its proceeds will benefit Lions Club projects.
Burket United Methodist Church is the only church with a food stand at the fair. Stop by for a fresh brewed tea, a tasty meal and pie for dessert. The booth is mostly known for its hamburgers, made from locally raised beef. Other popular items include its chili and nachos and cheese.
Funds from the stand help support the church.
The Cattlemen and Pork Producers food stand will be serving rib-eye sandwiches, butterfly pork chops, pork burgers, hotdogs and barbecue. Then for dessert they offer pie. Proceeds go toward the Cattlemen’s Twilight Tour, which will be in August, scholarships and to support 4-H’ers in the auction.
Two 4-H groups are also offering tasty eats.
Beaver Dam Better 4-H’ers sell breaded tenderloins, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, nachos and cheese, coney dogs and more. Their stand will also feature breakfast foods like biscuits and gravy, egg and cheese muffins and cinnamon rolls. Last year fountain pop and Rise ‘N’ Roll pies were added.
All profits go back to the club to pay for books, scholarships for the 8-, 9- and 10-years members and the annual completion trip.
The 4-H Junior Leaders revamped its menu a few years ago to include chicken salad croissants and ham and cheese croissants. Other featured items are caramel apple slices and snow cones.
Proceeds from the food booth stay in the leadership program, helping to pay for community service activities such as adopt a family. Additionally, profits will help the club maintain the memorial garden and bring in funds after the booth was renovated.