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Food inspector at the State Fair to make sure all that fried food is safe

All the turkey legs and corn dogs you can eat. The East Texas State Fair is here again, which means all the favorites you crave.

This morning, KLTV 7's Layron Livingston hit the fair grounds with the health inspector, who's making sure all those fair fixins' are not only tempting, but also safe.


"We have fried pineapple, fried root beer twists, fried brownies, fried twinkies, peach cobbler."

Which just goes to show you can pretty much fry just about everything from funnel cakes, to curly fries, to - wait, did she just say fried root beer?

"Fair food. That's right, everybody looks forward to it every year," says Ginger Wood.

Wood is a registered sanitarian with the Northeast Texas Public Health District.

"Eleven days. It's a large fair, so it's very crucial, with this volume of people, to make sure all the foods are served safely," said Wood.

And that's exactly what she's doing.

Ginger normally inspects restaurants, but for the next several days, she and a team of inspectors will be checking and re-checking more than 60 booths along the Midway.

The conditions have changed.

"We have the weather to deal with. We have more insects to deal with," said Wood.

But not the rules.

"All the foods need to stay hot at a 135 degrees or hotter, cold at 41 degrees or colder," said Wood.

If not, Ginger can shut them down. The vendors say they're used to it by now.

"The Smith County Health Department is probably the toughest in the state," said Clark Chancellor, a vendor.

"They are very very thorough," said Terry Morrow, another vendor. "All our food passed...refrigerator, everything passed."

Which means permits can go up, and all that food can be handed out. So go ahead. We know you want to try the fried root beer twists!

The fair runs through the 28th. You can sample all that food Monday through Friday from 1 to 11 pm and on weekends from 10 'til midnight.

It's $7 for adults and $5 for children ages 6 to 12, and kids ages five and under get in free.

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