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really don’t know why you are askinf on the restaurant site butif you would have done a search of the topic you would have seen a huge discussion of this very topic in the hot dog sight. But any way here goes.
Fairs (like the song says) are a brand new game. Unless you want to jepordise your cart and your business I suggest you stay as far away from the midway as you can, . I have extensive experience with fairs for over 8 years we did the 14 bigist fairs in the country. Not with a cart, The only cart I ever saw on the midway was confiscated by the fair. Blue Grass shows three days after setting up for non payment of rent. the fair was the county fair in fort myers fl. the year was about 1999 or 2000 some where in there. Our fair rout was Iowa state fair nebraska tenn. indiana mi. wi Ionia mi, lancaster in. and many more I have forgotten. but you get the picture,I just completed a vending manual, that tell whole story about this, the good the bad and the ugly. Any one who dosn’t read that book then tries to do a county or large fair, with a hot dog cart, deserves what they get. sorry to be so blunt, but I know what I’m talking about.
fairs today may look like the one your dad took you to when you were a kid, but they are a whole new ball game, they are about renting realestate, and extracting as much from each vendor as they can. The midway used to be like a family, every one had their specialty, that is no longer the case, they will sell whatever makes a buck, most midway vendors are set up in such a way with equipment and signage so if some one comes up with the hot item, an hour later ever joint on the midway will be selling it, and the owner will NOT protect you reguardless of what he tells you to get your money. The rediculis rent is the only the beginning of the money pit. I have seen broken people hitch hike home after loseing their stand and their transportation and worse. As a side note if you want to see inspection, and regulation at it’s finest, just show up on any midway. If you decidse not to do this just send me a thank you here, if you go ahead with it, tell me the story and Ill add another chapter to the book.
Again sorry to be so blunt, but been there, done that and have the shirts to proove it. Thats another story, $50 shirts required from the midway operator $50 I d tags for each Employee, and on and on and on and on.