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August 24, 2013

Team efforts produce top taco salads at Stephens County Free Fair

DUNCAN — Without several varieties of good food, fairs may not have the same appeal but there was no shortage of edible delights this week at the Stephens County Free Fair.

Different groups were in charge of lunch and dinner meals Thursday through Saturday in the exhibit building at the Stephens County Fair & Expo Center. Members of Stephens County 4-H served up blue ribbon taco salads for Saturday’s lunch.

“It’s been going good and we’re having fun,” said Ryley Dumas. “We’ve served about 50 plates so far.”

Groups of about six members worked at a time to build the tacos to order for the customers. Ashley Powers explained the process of making one plate.

“You start with a hard taco salad shell, add our award-winning chili, then lettuce,” she said. “Then you finish with cheese, onion and tomato; however the customer wants it.”

As for how the meal tastes, customer Ronnie Voight said “they’re really good.” Voight, like many others in the room, planned to finish off their meal with a slice of pie from members of Stephens County OHCE groups.

Powers said she enjoys being able to spend time at the fair, even working.

“I love being able to serve, getting to see old friends and make new ones,” she said. “The fair is the heart of the town and it’s when people come together.”

The 4-H members laughed and joked as they worked as a team to serve the community. Misty Brasher, an adult leader, made sure they didn’t get too out of hand but said it wasn’t hard.

“(Serving lunch) is a good way to show that our kids do other things,” Brasher said. “They work together to help the community.”

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