GREENVILLE—Jerry and Glenda Price own the Fiske Fries trailers where people always seem to gather during the Darke County Fair.
They were at another fair in Ohio on business when this interview took place, but long-time employee Larry Nelson responded to questions about the business.
“I was 14 years old when I first came here to Darke County,” said Nelson. “I’ve worked for them for 32 or 33 years.”
According to Nelson, the Prices have four stands on the fairgrounds; two featuring the French fries; another one a cheese curd; and the other, a lemonade stand.
“All of our products are made fresh,” he said. “We don’t use frozen potatoes but fresh ones; the same with the cheese curds; and the lemons for the drinks,” he said. “A lot of them in the lines like their food fresh. It’s a flavor you can’t get anywhere else. Our potatoes are grown in Ohio, Michigan, South Carolina and Florida.”
As for the French fries, Fiske’s provides salt for the customers as well as two types of vinegar…apple cider and malt.
“But, the malt has gluten,” he added.
The one Fiske Fries sat between the junior fair office and the north end of the Domestic Arts building, but has moved just across the midway to the west of where it had been.
“We moved it there because it is more visible; that was about two or three years ago,” said Nelson.
Also sold there are soft drinks and water.
He said the Fiske crew like working together.
“We’ve made a lot of good friends over the years,” he said. “We have a following at the different fairgrounds, and we enjoy coming to Darke County.”
He said the owners live in Florida, and he resides in Jackson, Mich.
“We have our own travel trailer with all of the comforts of home on wheels,” Nelson noted.
The Fiske crew came to Darke County from a fair inJackson, Mich., and will go to the fair in Van Wert Aug. 29 to Sept. 5.
“Our season ends the week before Thanksgiving, and starts Jan. 2,” he explained. “Then we get to enjoy our kids and grandkids.”