Camping out at the State Fair

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For some people, the State Fair is more than a one-day visit. Hundreds of people spend the whole two weeks camping out on the fairgrounds.

43 years ago, the owners of Nancy’s Fried Dough started a tradition, setting up shop in the RV lot at the State Fair.

But they’re not just here as fairgoers. It’s all part of their jobs as vendors.

“We all have the same goals to have fun together, work well together, and satisfy the people who come to see us — make their Fair a better experience,” said Andrew Kucma, one of the vendors. 

For weeks, hundreds of campers like Kucma call the fairgrounds home, where they work during the day and relax at night. 

“It’s just so much fun,” said Keith Durkee, another vendor. “You travel everywhere. The only thing that stinks is breaking down sometimes.”

While some people travel for work, others come to camp out just to explore another state.

“In New Jersey we kept hearing ads for the New York State Fair,” said Fran Sanchez. “So we were like, ‘Okay, let’s go,’ you know? It sounds great, they had great artists who were going to be here. But then after being here and walking around, we realized how much we love the Fair. There’s just like, so much going on.”

That’s part of the reason couples and vendors come back year after year. Many of the campers tell NewsChannel 9 it’s been a long couple of weeks, but they could stay another if they had to.

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