From mouth-watering sausages to ice-cold sweet treats, traveling vendors serve up menus synonymous with county fairs. The business behind the booths is no easy task, and for many owners, success comes from a work ethic and a life of experience that is often underestimated or overlooked.
“I’m third generation doing it,” said Vincent Nelson, owner of Vinnie’s Fine Foods, with roast beef and hot sausage sandwich stands throughout the Saratoga County Fair. “It’s what I know. I’ve grown up at a lot of these fairs. I’m 46 years old, and I’ve been at some of these fairs for 40 years of my life, so it’s my lifestyle. It’s what I’ve always done.”