If you enjoy home-cooked food, the West Pennsboro Fireman’s Fair is the place to be this weekend.

The fair runs through Saturday, beginning at 4 p.m. each day, at the West Pennsboro Volunteer Fire Company, 20 Park Road, Plainfield. Admission and parking are free, and all proceeds will benefit the local fire company.

According to Jerry Barrick, fire company treasurer, the fair prides itself on offering a wide variety of homemade foods at reasonable prices.

“We always get quite a few people, and most people come to eat,” he said. “We try to have the lowest prices of any fair. We say that we have to have something people can afford.”

The fire company’s biggest fundraiser of the year, the fair specializes in homemade foods like country ham sandwiches, pork and beef barbecue, hot sausage sandwiches, roast beef and roast pork sandwiches, hot chicken and gravy sandwiches, pies, cakes, french fries, ice cream, and chicken corn and ham and bean soups.

The menu also includes traditional hamburgers, hot dogs and soda, but Barrick said it’s the homemade offerings that make the fair unique.

“Our french fries are not fake — they’re real potatoes,” he said, adding that workers can be seen peeling potatoes out of 50-pound bags. “We probably go through a half-ton of potatoes.”

Also popular are chicken corn soup, sausage and ice cream.

Frozen corn

Working nearly a year ahead, the ladies auxiliary freezes corn during the summer and chicken in the spring. Early in the morning on the first day of the fair, a group led by Todd “Pickle” Diehl makes the soup.

Sam Weston and Chas Finkenbinder take care of preparing the meats.

The sausage is made with a homemade recipe that was handed down by Finkenbinder’s father.

Barrick said he also expects to sell about 250 gallons of ice cream.

“We have a guy in Perry County who makes his own ice cream,” he said. “He makes it right on his farm.”

Six flavors, including Junkyard Dog, will be available at the fair.

“He has some unusual names, like Junkyard Dog,” Barrick said. “It has peanut butter, chocolate and caramel. Raspberry is also popular, as well as vanilla and chocolate, and we’ll also have orange pineapple and grapenut.”

In addition to food, there will be children’s activities — tractor rides, games and, for the first year, a petting zoo.

The entertainment lineup will include North Mountain Ramblers on Thursday, LeBlanc & Kissinger on Friday, and Mid Life Crisis on Saturday.


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