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Yorkers will once again be treated to a tour-de-force of food and fun at the York Fair starting Friday.

The fair, a staple in the county, will last through Sept. 18.

One of the big attractions of the fair each year is the plethora of food available at the many vendors set up throughout the fairgrounds.

Michael Froehlich, general manager for the fair, said this year there will be more than 100 food vendors for Yorkers to try out.

Old school: For those looking for some more old-school fare, they can head near the first aid area and check out

Tubby Tommy's Baked Potatoes or Merica's Smokehouse. Tubby Tommy's specialty is loaded baked potatoes, and they have been a staple at the fair for more than 45 years, according to Springettsbury Township resident Stacey Sechler, co-owner of the booth.

They offer eight different toppings for their potatoes, ranging from sour cream and cheese, to bacon bits and chives, and for those more daring, they can go for the potato with all of the toppings. She said they see a lot of familiar faces each year, and their booth is fairly popular.

"We go through 5,500 pounds of potatoes a year," she said. She said while they go to other fairs and events, the York Fair is their big one.

Merica's Smokehouse, sells "York County's Finest BBQ," which owner Melissa Merica said has been available at the fair for more than 30 years. Merica, of Hellam Township, said the chicken recipe is the same recipe that has been around for all those years. For those looking to beat the heat, the vendor has a tent for people to eat in.

Sweets: Anyone looking for something new, Froehlich said there will about 15 vendors new to the fair this year. One of the newer vendors, Finger Lickin' Eats n Sweets, will be set up near the grand stand at the fair.

Greg Wadel, one of the owners of the Chambersburg-based business, said some of their standout items are their grilled sandwiches, and their homemade doughnuts.

"Our goal is to have something different," he said.

He said the doughnuts are made in front of people in a machine.

"That attracts a lot of attention," he said.

For the funnel cake enthusiast, Goblin's Gourmet, located near Memorial Hall, offers many different varieties of the dessert.

Robin Smith, owner of the North Carolina-based vendor, said she offers roughly 13 different flavors. New to this year is the "dirty monkey" flavor, which contains peanut butter, nuts, and chocolate.

"Come out and try them, they're really great," she said.

If you go: The fair opens Friday at 11 a.m. and runs until Sept. 18. Froehlich said there will be nearly 50 rides to go on.

The fair will open at noon Monday through Thursday, and at 11 a.m. Friday through Sunday.

For opening day, the fair will hold a "$1 Admission Day," where visitors can get in for $1 and all midway rides will be $1 to ride.

On Saturday, all day ride wristbands will be $23, and on Sunday all active duty military and veterans with valid identification and emergency services personnel with proper identification may get in for free and bring a guest for free as well.

For more information on the fair and promotional days, check the fair's website.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at@YDDornblaser.

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