COVID cancels Korn Dawgs

This file photo shows the popular Kiwanianne Club Korn Dawg Booth from a past Spalding County Fair. The booth has been canceled for this year’s fair due to concerns of coronavirus.

The 74th annual Spalding County Fair returns later this month with many new additions but one favorite attraction will be absent — Korn Dawgs.

Each year members of the Kiwanianne Club along with more than 300 volunteers, prep, cook and sell the popular treat during the fair. Club President, Elaine Grubbs said concerns over coronavirus forced them to cancel this year’s Korn Dawgs.

“We have a very small club and most of our members are 80-plus years old,” she said.

“That booth is very small,” she said. “We knew we couldn’t socially distance in there. At any given point have 20 to 25 people in that booth. We are just right up against each other.”

She said that after talking to club members, they decided they needed to cancel for this year.

The first Korn Dawgs were sold in 1957. Grubbs said that the Korn Dawgs were cooked in a Coleman Cooker and the club raised $32.

Income from the booth has ticked upward dramatically since then. Last year, the club raised $30,000 from the Korn Dawg booth after expenses.

“I don’t think a lot of people realize how much money is generated in that booth,” she said.

Of the money raised, $15,000 goes to scholarships for local students. Additional charitable donations are made to 22 different groups in Spalding County including organizations such as Five Loaves Two Fish Food Pantry and the Salvation Army.

“This is the first time, we believe, the booth has ever been closed,” Grubbs said and added that the decision to close was a “very serious” one.

Because the Korn Dawg booth is the club’s only fundraiser, it means they will not be able to raise money for the scholarships and other charitable giving this year.

“It’s going to be devastating for us this year,” she said.

At this time, the club does not have plans to do another fundraiser. Grubbs said it would be difficult to estimate how many supplies to order.

“As of right now we are not planning anything else. We’re just going to have to take a hit this year,” she said.

However, the suspension of Korn Dawgs looks to be temporary. Grubbs said they plan to return to the booth next year.

“Hopefully this will be a one year thing,” she said.

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Big Jim and Rhino’s Pig Pit will be in the Kiwanis Food Booth and they will be cooking corn dogs among other items.