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Panhandle Spirit: Folks enjoy fair days

The Ferris wheel spins at the Tri-State Fair. (KVII, Niccole Caan)

It's the final few days of the Tri-State Fair in Amarillo. It is the last chance to gorge on fried foods and enjoy the rides.

It's a rockin', rollin', swinging, heart stopping good time at the Tri-State Fair. There is so much to do, it's hard to pick a favorite.

"The horses, the pony rides and the petting zoo,” said one small fair-goer.

It’s the same for the fantastic fair food. For Kamber Higgins and Macy Smith it's an annual tradition to do a fried food frenzy.

"We always make it a point to come together,” said Higgins. “We are roommates and get a funnel cake and a corn dog.”

"All the fried food we can,” said Smith.

"It's not the normal food you just get at home,” said Higgins.

The pair says they came with empty stomachs ready to fill up.

"We got the tater tots,” said Smith. “Probably a funnel cake, fried ice cream and corn dog."

While the fair food will cost you a few tokens, the real price is sometimes paid the next day.

"It's going to feel awful," said Higgins. "I'm going to pay for it tomorrow, but it's worth it."

So this duo's best advice is to ride the rides before feeding your face.

"After eating so much it wasn't worth the rides,” said Smith. “It just makes you feel even worse because you're so full from everything you've consumed."

Others come to find something unique to taste.

"I try something different every night," said Sheila Ricks.

Ricks has tried a lot of food during her 18 years at the fair. She supplies all the food vendors with ice and the high temperatures are keeping her busy trying to keep everyone cool.

"We'll go through about 60 pallets,” said Ricks. “That's 80 bags a pallet."

Meanwhile, this is Montel Richard's first time to the event, but he knows it won't be the last. His family is starting a new tradition.

The fair is a bit of late summer magic as the Panhandle slides into fall.

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