New Attractions at the Big Fresno Fair

October 7, 2009 6:49:07 PM PDT
Leslie Cunning has a smile and a program for everyone walking through the Chance Avenue entrance at the Big Fresno Fair. She told one guest, "Good morning, you want a program? No seriously, it has a map and everything."The 63 year old retiree jumps back into the workforce every October to be part of the fair. She said, "I get jobs that are short term and so even if I hate them it doesn't matter. But I happen to love this one! This one's fun!"

One of the big new additions for 2009 is the solar-powered water tree. The $260,000 exhibition combines fun and education about the Valley's most important resource, h2o. Fair CEO John Alkire said, "We also have LCD screens in there telling you about the conservation of water, upstairs little areas for kids to play on. "

Over at the legendary Chicken Charlie's is this year's clever concoction, a zucchini weenie. Tony Boghosian who runs the food stand with his brother Charlie said the concept is pretty simple, "Shove a hot dog inside a zucchini and then deep fry it of course on a stick, the fair way."

And for dessert there's a deep fried version of an American favorite, the smore. Boghosian said, "You take a regular smore and dip in pancake batter" and then drop it in the deep fryer.

Another new exhibit revolves around "Wild America," Pop Laval originals and the Boy Scouts. You'll also see a private nursing station called the "Mommy Zone" where new moms can go inside and breast-feed their babies.

Opening day may be Senior's Day but we found something for every age. Marion Miller said, "I like the animals and the photography. "Jack Wheeler from Fresno said, "We like the animals but the cinnamon rolls too."

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