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Fun at the 4-H Food Booth

4-H Food Booth
at the Lancaster County
Super Fair

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Support 4-H by Supporting 4-H Corner Stop
at the Lancaster County Super Fair!

Bagging up Cotton Candy at the 4-H Corner Stop

The 4-H Corner Stop concession stand at the county fair is Lancaster County 4-H Council’s primary fundraiser. A non-profit organization, 4-H Council financially supports several 4-H programs and activities such as:

  • Achievement Night
  • College and camp scholarships
  • Support for state and national contest registrations
  • 4-H promotional activities

Volunteers Have Fun, Rewarding Experience

4-H Council asks clubs and independent members to help by staffing a 3-4 hour shift at the 4-H Corner Stop. At any given time, 5-6 youth (age 8 & up) are needed with 2 adults supervising. Youth gain practical experience handling food safely and counting change. They also gain life skills, such as responsibility, critical thinking, and social skills. For details and shifts, click here

All volunteers are strongly encouraged to attend the Food Booth Training on Thursday, July 26, 6-7 p.m. at the Lancaster Event Center.

GREAT FOOD! Help Support Our Local 4-H Programs!

The 2012 Lancaster County Super Fair will be Aug. 2-11 at the Lancaster Event Center, 84th & Havelock. The 4-H Corner Stop will be open Thursday, Aug. 2 through Sunday, Aug. 5 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., located near the main entrance. Orders can be taken from the Lincoln Room or the Multipurpose Arena.

The 4-H Corner Stop will feature a variety of snacks and beverages, including:

Working at the 4-H Food Booth
  • Walking Tacos
  • Barbecue pork
  • Hot dogs
  • Nachos
  • Cotton Clover Candy
  • Snow cones
  • Popped corn
  • Candy
  • Souvenir 4-H water bottles (photo below!) will be on sale for $4 with $1 refills.
  • Much more!

Working at the 4-H Food Booth

Quotes from Youth and Adults About 4-H Food Booth:

Quote about 4-H Food Booth"The 4-H food booth at the Lancaster County Fair is a wonderful example of 4-H at its best. The Lancaster County 4-H Council sponsors the food booth as a fundraising venture, but its value goes way beyond the money raised for 4-H projects. Working at the food booth allows 4-H kids the opportunity to serve the public and learn valuable business skills. Working hard for a good cause gives each participant a sense of pride in a job well done. Most importantly, the kids have fun working together." Kent Frobish, 4-H Council

Quote about 4-H Food Booth"The 4-H food booth income is vital to the sustainability of our 4-H program. Those four days provide the main source of income for the year, which is why it is so important to volunteer for the food booth. As a volunteer not only are you helping support 4-H, the kids learn so much in customer service, food preparation, money handling skills, and the importance of working together as a team. 4-H Council is very proud of our county fair; we feel we have one of the best fairs in the state because of our strong 4-H program." Lynnette Nelson, treasurer of 4-H Council

Souvenir 4-H water bottles will be on sale for $4 with $1 refills.

Quote about 4-H Food Booth"I would say the best experiences I have had have come from working in the food booth side by side with the 4-H kids! They are some of the hardest workers and easiest learners you can have. They are courteous even with some of the most cantankerous customers. They get a chance to work with their friends and family and have a great time while doing it. I’ve seen kids up to their elbows in cotton candy and snow cone syrup but begging their parents or 4-H leaders to come back for another shift!" Ann Pickrel, president of 4-H Council

Quote about 4-H Food Booth"As a parent and 4-H project leader, I think having the kids help work the 4-H food booth teaches them several things: Customer service, money management, how to work together as a team, time management, importance of community service and leadership skills. It is a lot of fun to watch them grow and develop into our wonderful youth of today (and tomorrow)". Colleen Nielsen, 4-H parent and volunteer

Quote about 4-H Food Booth"Working in the 4-H food booth was a cool way to hang out with your 4-H group at the fair and help the 4-H program all at the same time!" Caleb Nielsen, Age 13, 4-H member

Quote about 4-H Food Booth"It was a fun way to raise money for the 4-H program. I especially had fun taking cotton candy around and selling it to people." Jared Nielsen, Age 11, 4-H member

Quote about 4-H Food Booth"The typical job for a 12 year old at the 4-H food booth is working the pop machine, taking orders, or collecting the money. But, I was the lucky one to make the cotton candy. We were short on cotton candy, so I was told to pour the sugar in, twist the stick, bag it, and make as many as I could. I was so excited; my 4-H food booth dream had come true! I made as much as I could (it’s a lot harder than it looks), and by the time I was done, I was coated in cotton candy! That stuff got everywhere! But, I didn’t care, I had so much fun." Sheridan Swotek, Age 14, 4-H member

Quote about 4-H Food Booth"I’ve made a lot of snow cones but have never eaten one. I’d like to do a taste test this year. All the food looks yummy! I love fair food!" John Swotek, Age 10, 4-H member

Quote about 4-H Food Booth"Working at the food booth is fun. I’m not old enough to do the money yet, but I think that will be my favorite part. You get to hang out with your friends. It’s work, but it’s fun work." David Swotek, Age 9, 4-H member

FOOD BOOTH FUN! Anne Greff’s 4-H speech from 2008 (she was age 11)

Making a 4-H Corner Stop Favorite - Walking Taco!

Welcome to the 4-H food booth at the Lancaster County Fair. I’m Anne Greff from the Happy Hearts 4-H Club. May I take your order? Sorry. The nacho cheese isn’t hot enough yet. Would you like something else? A walking taco? Well, the meat’s not quite ready. Anything else? Alright. No ice? Jonathan, one medium root beer, no ice. PAUSE. Oh, and Dylan, three cinnamon rolls.

Working at the 4-H food booth is a highlight of my 4-H year. It isn’t always easy, but it’s always a great time.

I’ve had years of experience making mud pies and serving my cousin from my playhouse restaurant. But there’s nothing like the thrill of serving real food to real people who pay with real money!

Working in the 4-H food booth gives us time to spend with our friends and meet interesting people at the same time. People with cowboy hats and boots, others with small children, grandparents, and maybe even a 4-H judge!

Maybe the best part of working in the food booth is at the end of our shift, we get a 50¢ item for free! What will I choose? Airheads? A licorice rope? I know! Mini-Oreos!

Working at the food booth isn’t always easy. You have to do things right, like washing your hands every time you touch anything other than the food. You have to fill the cups half full of ice, a half inch from the top, secure the lid, grab a straw and serve! And do it quick, so your customer doesn’t become impatient!

Twenty people are lined-up for lunch! Here comes the County Health Inspector! Will the refrigerator be cold enough for the meat? Don’t panic! Everything is going to be okay!

Serving in the 4-H food booth is a great learning experience. A 4-H’er learns to be courteous to others, gains experience counting change, and learns to work safely with food.

Today I’ve discussed why the 4-H food booth is a good time, why it can be a challenge, and finally, what I’ve learned serving in the food booth.

Your order is ready, sir! Enjoy the Lancaster County Fair!

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