Eat Fair Food and Support Your Community

by Placerville Newswire / Jun 12, 2016 / comments

When most people think about attending a fair, one of the top two reasons is the Food! People flock to fairs to get their annual corn dog and cotton candy fix. El Dorado County Fair is packed full of delightful treats—and some healthy food for those that have immense amounts of willpower. 

“For many of our local non-profit organizations, serving their specialties at fair is their biggest fundraiser all year,” states Jody Gray, Fair CEO. “Having them here is awesome, they raise a lot of money, and then it goes right back into our community.” And she’s right, for instance the local Active 20-30 Club sells tons of tacos benefiting children in our county, with backpacks for school, toys at Christmas. This is just one small example of the benefits of supporting our local non-profits.

Pleasant Valley Grange makes home-made, fresh corndogs; Union Mine Music Boosters serves a mean breakfast burrito, along with tri-tip, garlic fries, hamburgers and more. There is pizza by the slice, sold by the Full Life Fellowship church, right next to the 20-30 Club famous tacos. The 4H club of El Dorado County is in the Chuckwagon Kitchen, located near the Milton Pavilion, serving up wraps and goodies all day long. If you are an adult, make sure and visit the Rotary of Georgetown Divide for a margarita, or let one of the members of the American Legion Post 119 pour you an ice cold beer and sit a while in the shade at the beer tree. El Dorado County Fair Association is a non-profit as well; make sure to visit them at the Capital Bar or Tiki Bar for an adult beverage—and enjoy the music while you enjoy your drink.

Craving some pie? Cobbler? You can enjoy a fresh slice at the Willamette Valley Pie Company. We have a brand new roasted corn vendor this year, Ear-Good Corn Roast—serving fresh roasted corn, baked potatoes and for the healthy eaters, baked yams. Ice cream, fudge, slushies, fresh lemonade can all be found. Jamba Juice and the Fresh Fruit stand offer fresh, fruit and fruit smoothies that are wholesome and healthy. One of the many fun, free events offered is the Healthy Food Challenge. Hosted by the Fair Chef Gary Gilligan on Thursday at 4:30pm, samplings submitted by food vendors are tasted and voted on by anyone who wants to participate. Visit the Cooking Stage during fair for other cooking presentations.

There is a lot of yummy stuff at this year’s Cowboys and Carousels, held at El Dorado County Fair & Event Center, 100 Placerville Dr. in Placerville. For more information and a schedule of events, please visit our website at
Who/What:                           El Dorado County Fair, “Cowboys & Carousels”
When:                                       Thursday, June 16 – Father’s Day, Sunday June 19
Where:                                     El Dorado County Fair & Event Center, 100 Placerville Drive, Placerville, CA
Tickets:                                   Pre-sale: $8-Regular, $6 Junior & Senior; During the Fair: $10-Regular, $7 Junior & Senior. Attendees with active duty military ID get in FREE. Parking $6 per car or take the free shuttle. (Check our website for details.)