What did you eat at the OC Fair? Bet a lot of other people -- like thousands of others -- sampled the same snack.
What do 100,000 deep-fried Oreos look like when laid end-to-end? And could they circle the OC Fair & Event Center twice or maybe even three times? And how fast would it take a throng of sweet-loving fair goers to consume them all?
That is one deep imponderable of the annual food-and-everything-else update from the nice people of the OC Fair. The fair's wrap-up report is always a fascinating one, because it tells, by the numbers, what attendees ate, what they did, and how often they did it.
Fair goer, know thyself.
About 100,000 deep-fried Oreo cookies were consumed during the July 12 through Aug. 11 Costa Mesa-based spectacular, along with 25,000 balls of deep-fried cookie dough. Chicken Charlie's is, of course, the famous purveyor of both colorful desserts.
Bacon A-Fair went through 20,000 pounds of bacon. Nope, the bacon wasn't served in strip form, like it might be at any other restaurant; it was wrapped around turkey legs and sprinkled on chocolate peanut butter bananas.
And speaking of turkey legs -- it isn't every day we get to type that phrase, by the by -- Juicy's sold over 75,000 of 'em, the smoked sort. Yep, it does feel like someone is holding a turkey leg just about everywhere you turn at the fair, and that's because they are. Biggy's Meat Market moved 4,500 Big Ribs, a very large number as well, but the smoked turkey leg remains the carnivore-attracting king of Costa Mesa.
As for the sweet beasties in the petting zoo? They consumed 2,300 pounds of food pellets over the course of the fair. You'll consider that a weighty number when you consider this: Those are the pellets the animals are eating out of kids' hands.
Finally, on the non-food front: 1,374,579 people attended the 2013 Orange County Fair. The fair reports that that was the second largest attendance record in its history.
Puts that 75,000 turkey leg amount right in perspective, doesn't it?