Serving up a cool time at the Kane County Fair (Sun-Times Media)

by Emily McFarlan Miller

I grew up in Springfield, Ill., home of the Illinois State Fair, so I like to fancy myself an expert on all things fair food.  So when it comes time to cover the Kane County Fair each year for Sun-Times Media, I am all over the deep-fried and on a stick beat. I’ve had a deep-fried Snickers, a deep-friend peanut butter and jelly sandwich and, last year, deep-fried Kool-Aid. Also, Tiger Blood.

Yesterday, I had a mint chocolate chip ice cream cone from the Colonial ice cream booth at the 144th annual Kane County Fair, arguably one of the fair’s most popular for a long, long, time now. I also hunted down some new creations at this year’s fair (red velvet funnel cake, anyone?) and learned a thing or two about bunny sex.

All this, after the jump to the rest of the story in today’s Courier-News and Beacon News.

ST. CHARLES — There was the boy with his chin propped on the window sill, eyes and mouth wide as he watched the ice cream curl into a ball in the scoop, then pressed into a cone. There was the woman passing out cones to a gaggle of grandchildren and the girl in the pink plaid shirt and jeans who disappeared with hers into the 4-H shelters across the way.

And then there was the trio of girls, all members of the Elgin-based Challengers 4-H Club, trying to keep up with the steady stream of fairgoers Wednesday at the Colonial ice cream booth, one of the Kane County Fair’s most popular.

“The ice cream is so hard,” said Lisa Holmberg, 14, of Elgin.

“It’s so good, though — nice and cold and refreshing on a hot day.”

All this, before the midway opened at 3 p.m. Wednesday, before the rides started spinning along their tracks and the smells of corn dogs and funnel cakes started wafting from food vendors. Just as the representatives of the Kane County Board, city of St. Charles, area chambers of commerce and Kane County Sheriff Patrick Perez gathered to watch Kane County Fair President Larry Breon cut the ribbon to open the 144th annual Kane County Fair and Festival.

“I’d like to thank everybody for coming out today. … And, of course, the weather cooperated today. It’s not 110 (degrees),” Breon said.

The fair runs through Sunday at the Kane County Fairgrounds on Randall Road, between Routes 64 and 38. The midway will open at noon each day and close at 11 p.m. Thursday, midnight Friday and Saturday, and 10 p.m. Sunday.

Audrina Lamore, 16, and her four sisters, all of Elburn, will be there morning and night, she said.

For the rest of the story, read Serving up a cool time at the Kane County Fair (Sun-Times Media).

Photo credit: Michael Smart for Sun-Times Media.