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El Dorado County Fair offers healthier options

This year’s El Dorado County Fair on June 12-15 in Placerville will offer a variety of healthy foods along with fair classics.

The fair issued a healthy challenge to concessionaires. YoDots, sweet potato fries, iced tea, salads, roasted corn on the cob and all-natural frozen bananas are just a few of the foods offered this year through the fair’s new Healthy Challenge.

“We put a call out to all of our food concessionaires asking them to participate in a challenge — to create delicious tasting, healthy food that fair-goers can enjoy,” said Jody Gray, the fair’s CEO. “Of course hot dogs and cotton candy and all the other fair food staples aren’t going anywhere — kids and adults alike love those and look forward to them all year,” she added.

Items offered at the fair that are a result of the healthy challenge are: 100 percent crushed fruit smoothies from Pony Espresso; all natural, high protein, one-third the sugar ice cream from Wende’s Hit & Miss Ole Fashion Ice Cream; Slush Puppies and YoDots offered by Whitings Food Concessions; chocolate dipped strawberries and frozen bananas from Lynn’s Udder D-lite; old fashioned soda made with pure cane sugar (no high fructose corn syrup) from Wild Bills Soda; unsweetened iced tea made by The Lemonade Yard; roasted corn on the cob from Anna Co.; juice boxes from Duffy’s Hot Dogs; salad offered by Full Life Fellowship; smoothies by Jamba Juice; sweet potato fries by T’s Concessions; creole vegetarian red beans and rice by Louisiana Backyard BBQ.

Concessionaires selected as favorites by an adults’ panel and children’s panel will earn the right to display a Best of Show ribbon. Save Mart will provide free healthy food sampling at the Plaza.

Children age 4-12 are invited to get a healthy start to Kid’s Day with a 1K run or walk before gates open for the day on June 12. El Dorado County Office of Education will provide pedometers for the first 500 participants to register.

Check-in for the run is at 9:30 a.m. in the Plaza by the Green Gate. Run time is at 10:30 a.m., with younger runners starting first. Walking and wheelchairs are allowed on the course.

Fair admission and the event are free for participants. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and must submit a signed application. Fair admission is required for all adult companions and children over the age of 12.

For more information, applications and waivers, go to eldoradocountyfair.org, or go to the fair office from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays through June 11 and from 9 a.m. to 9:25 a.m. on June 12.

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