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Hungry for a good cause at the Fair

By Christie Post | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Can nine days be make-or-break for several Lubbock charitable causes?  Yes, it can.

The Panhandle South Plains Fair is the biggest fundraiser of the year for some organizations.  Lubbock Cooper band boosters sell brisket wraps, sausage wraps, and jalapeno sausage, which is "one of our biggest sellers," says Lubbock-Cooper Band booth volunteer, Amy West.

West continues, "All of the money that we make, half of it goes into the booster club and half of it goes to money for our kids when they take a trip later on in the spring"

"We just pour it up into the funnels and pour it into the hot grease and let it fry," said Science Spectrum booth volunteer, Edward Salas "1,500 funnel cakes a day."

"This is our major fundraiser and we're able to send our kids to youth camp so they don't have to pay and under-privileged kids can go too," said New Testament Baptist Church, Lonnie Kirk.

Even while the rides and games are still empty in the late morning hours, the parking lots are full because during that time of day folks are coming to the fairgrounds just to eat lunch.

"I think everybody hasn't been to the fair unless they've had a corndog. There's several people that sell them, but we think ours is the best.  They're made by Shriners," said Shriner booth volunteer, Rick Tate.

It's a win-win situation.  These community groups can count on the support from the fair, while people can get the food they crave.

"We usually stick somewhere between 35 and 40 thousand every year, so you do the math," said Church on the Rock booth volunteer, Keith Watson.

It's nine days and a lot of hard work but these organizations wouldn't have it any other way

"Oh yeah it's a blast, we have a great time," said New Testament Baptist Church, Lonnie Kirk.  "The hours get long if you open up and stay till closing. It's a blast. Some of us take vacation to come out and work every year," 

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