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Local hemp might help local beef bounce back into the Kentucky State Fair after decades of commodity burgers and rib eye sandwiches dished up on the fairway.
Henry County cattle farmer David Neville’s “Kentucky Hemp Dog” represents his crusade for a truly local beef product that might be served in Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association tents.
“People have really been fussing the last two or three years that we can’t get local beef into the Kentucky State Fair,” Neville said. “We really want to do a Kentucky Hemp Dog to get the buzz where people will try it.”
The junkiest of junk food — trucked in from out of state — usually grabs the fair spotlight. This year, Tater Tots smothered in caramel, maple syrup and marshmallows will tempt fair goers at concessions run by Sivori Catering of Louisville. Other gut bombs served up by Sivori in recent years include a burger smashed inside a glazed doughnut.
When the fair opens Aug.18, Neville and the Cattleman’s Association hope fair goers will heed the spirit of the fair to seek out a locally-grown and processed beef dog instead.