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Organizers say Carnival Food Fair will satisfy deep-fried cravings, COVID-19 safety concerns

Posted at 5:12 PM, Oct 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-16 17:12:16-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — As coronavirus cases are on the rise in Leon County another mass gathering is in the works for next month and this one will attract guests from across the state.

The North Florida Fair was canceled due to COVID-19 concerns, now organizers are taking one element, the food, and creating an event all it's own.

While there won't be tradition fair rides, more than a dozen vendors will be lining up at the North Florida fairgrounds next month.

Organizers say they're fully aware we're still in a pandemic and will do everything they can to make sure it's not a super-spreader event.

"Ross Concessions has funnel cakes, elephant ears, sugar waffles, deep-fried Oreos, deep-fried candy bars, and deep-fried chocolate chip cookie dough," said Kathy Ross with Ross Concessions.

Organizers say it's the safest option without canceling everything.

Fair Executive Director Mark Harvey says he's aware of the potential risks involved in having any kind of gathering but they're taking precautions.

"Obviously due to the coronavirus, we can't socially-distance properly. we can't have everybody wear masks and we really wanted to do something," Harvey said

Fifteen to 20 vendors will be set up on the grass outside with people able to walk up to order.

"We want to follow the safety protocols as established by Leon County and that's what we intend to do," said Harvey. "We're going to do the best we can with it."

Vendors will undergo temperature checks, be asked to wear masks, gloves, and frequently wash their hands.

Payment machines will be sanitized after every use and seating will be sanitized as well as be six feet apart.

Those who wish to do so can also take food to go.

Kathy Ross says she's done a few drive-thru food fairs this year and is confident this won't be a super-spreader event.

"There's a way to enjoy fair food and do it safely," Ross said. "It's been very successful."

The event kicks off on Nov. 6 and runs through Nov. 8. Entry and parking will both be free.