OT Days Food Fair brings variety of flavors

July 14, 2018

GERING — Thirty vendors attended this year’s Oregon Trail Days International Food Fair on Friday, bringing a variety of foods and flavors to downtown Torrington.

Bill Peters, a member of the Oregon Trail Days board, said the fair was added decades ago to bring a new dining experience to OTD.

“(The vendors) come in for an afternoon and evening, serving their specialties,” he said. “It’ll bring in 4,000 to 6,000 people.”

Many of the vendors serve at other events during Oregon Trail Days, like at the carnival and concerts. The variety of vendors depends on which ones apply for a space. Peters said that, while the board does not turn down a vendor, they will try to space out the types of vendors.

Two blocks of Gering’s 10th Street are blocked off and vendors begin to arrive at 3 p.m., setting up their food trucks and tents in preparation for when the public arrives at 5 p.m. The vendors sell their meals until 9 p.m. and then pack up, as the street will be needed to hold the next day’s parade.

For most of the vendors, that isn’t a problem. June Ballard, of Panhandle Kettle Corn out of Crawford, said it only takes 30 minutes to an hour to unload or pack up her stall. Bill Bauer of Billy’s Baja Burritos has been attending the food fair for 10 years and said this is the only event he’s ever attended that’s required him to come and go on the same day.

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