The pandemic may have canceled the Shippensburg Community Fair, but the community can still pre-order some of their favorite indulgences -- including Cheeseburger Hoagies (like the popular Big Boys) -- and support local nonprofit organizations and businesses during Fair Food Weekend.
Organized by Downtown Organizations Investing Together (D.O.I.T.), Fair Food Weekend will be held July 23 through 25. Interested customers may pre-order their items through the D.O.I.T. website, shipdoit.org, and click on Fair Food at the top right.
“Many organizations depend heavily on the funding obtained through food sales at the local Shippensburg Community Fair,” the event description reads. “Sadly, the fair was canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of this cancellation, D.O.I.T. of Shippensburg, in cooperation with many of the local organizations, local restaurants, and with support from the Shippensburg Community Fair, have decided to hold a Shippensburg Fair Food Weekend. Help us support these local organizations and businesses through food purchases Thursday, July 23, through Saturday July 25. We look forward to seeing you!”
Food orders may be picked up between 3 and 7 p.m. July 23 and 24, and 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. July 25. Orders placed with Redemption BBQ, the WheelHouse Cafe and C.V. Hose Co. will be picked up at those locations, and all others will be picked up at the Shippensburg Fairgrounds on Possum Hollow Road. Organizers are reminding customers there is no eating food or loitering at the fairgrounds -- the location is for pick-up only.
“This idea was designed to help our local organizations try to regain a little supplemental income, as many of these groups depend on the fair for their major fundraisers,” Mayor Kathy Coy, member of D.O.I.T., said. “It also gives our community a TASTE of normalcy. Life has thrown us all a huge curve ball this year, we need a little taste of hope when we can get it. Please go online to the D.O.I.T. website and submit your pre-orders!”
Some of the food that can be ordered is:
Redemption BBQ: Jumbo quarter chicken with smoked mac and cheese and coleslaw! (A $3 kick back for each meal will be donated to the Shippensburg Police Department)
The WheelHouseCafe: Ham Hoagies and Cheeseburger Hoagies
Cumberland Valley Hose: Ox Roast and chicken corn soup sale. Saturday, July 25, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the firehouse, 20 Walnut Bottom Road.
Boy Scout Troop 120: Cheese pizza, pepperoni pizza, sausage pizza and bottled water
Shippensburg Fly Fishing Club: Kettle corn, candy apples, cotton candy and Slush Puppies
Shippensburg Soccer Boosters: Beef pot pie, pulled pork BBQ sandwiches, taco salads, walking tacos, pie with or without ice cream, chocolate cake with peanut butter icing, birch beer and root beer floats, birch beer, root beer, water and iced tea.
Newburg-Hopewell Volunteer Fire Co.: Blooming onions, sweet Italian sausage, hot Italian sausage, smoked Italian sausage, bacon-cheddar jalapeno sausage, chicken cheesesteak, pulled chicken BBQ sandwiches, popcorn chicken, loaded fries, pretzel braids, iced tea and water.