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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The State Fair of Texas may be a fall tradition, but for Fletcher’s Corny Dogs, the work heats up on August 1st. Serving hundreds of thousands of corny dogs takes a lot of work, even at the 11th hour.
“There’s just a lot of little things. Hanging fire extinguishers, putting those out, wiping the stands down, making sure the fryers are all clean and ready to go,” says GG Fletcher of Fletcher’s Corny Dogs.
This year, Fletcher’s fans will notice an addition – a shiny new booth in the thrill area. It’s the 7th on the fairgrounds, and the first mobile one. A new chapter for one of the Fair’s oldest and most beloved traditions.
“We began in 1942, and they offered an opportunity for my father-in-law and his brother to come out and try something different, and they did, and it was the corny dog. And they stared out with bite-sized giving them away. They couldn’t even sell them.” says Fletcher.
Fan Bill Norman has made a Fletcher’s Corny Dog his own tradition; he has eaten one on the first day of the fair for more than 60 years.
“Always, you can’t go wrong with a corny dog.” he says.
But this year, he got his dates confused and came hungry on Thursday. So the Fletchers fired up their fryer a day early, and Norman got his 60th or so corny dog for free.
“I was impressed, and somewhat honored, I guess. This year’s first corny dog consumption.”
Last year Fletcher’s sold 600,000 corny dogs. This year they are aiming for 700,000, which would be their record. You can only get them at the State Fair of Texas.
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