Just ten days out of the year - that's how long folks on the South Plains have to enjoy the fair. That's also how long local nonprofits have to raise as much money as they can.
When you're buying those corn dogs and that lemonade to wash it down, the people who are serving you are working for those local nonprofits. And every person I spoke to said the same thing: the fair is their number one fundraiser.
Robert Field with the Lubbock Optimist Group said the proceeds made in just ten days carry them through the entire year.
You may know their booth as the Turkey Leg stop, but that $5 goes to help send local students to college, with a majority of the proceeds going to scholarship funds.
"This is our biggest fundraiser by far," Field said. "This opportunity that we have - it's great that nonprofits can do this."
The corn dogs, the funnel cakes, the lemonade, the fried pickles and everything in between - the traditional fair food contributes to much more than just a full stomach.
If you bought corn on the cob from the New Testament youth booth, you've helped send a kid to church camp.
Tracy Spencer is the youth leader for New Testament. He says the money goes to a fund to make summer camp less expensive.
"It's for a good cause," Spencer said. "It's a part of a young mission - a youth outreach."
We may not all get to enjoy as much fair food as John Robison at the fair, but even a little bit of money goes a long way.
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