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The Grand Fair Finale: Lerch’s Donuts

September 13th, 2008

If you’ve never been to the Wayne County Fair you’ve probably never had Lerch’s Donuts. They are famous at the fair (the box even says “Wayne County Fair Style”).

Lerch’s Donuts was founded in 1932 by John Lerch, Sr., when he developed a method of frying soft cake donuts that are not greasy at his downtown Wooster bakery. In 1934, he began producing Lerch’s Donuts at the Wayne County fair, soon becoming the #1 food vendor at the fair. Many things have changed since the 1930s; the bakery has closed, but not the recipe or popularity of Lerch’s Donuts.

Ever since I was a little girl, I remember going to the fair and eating Lerch’s Donuts as soon as we arrived, there’s a booth right inside the front door and we always bought a few boxes before we left. This year was no different. Now Mr. Chiots is a big donut connoisseur, I remember when I first introduced him to Wayne County Fair style donuts so many years ago and he’s been hooked ever since. (did I mention Mr Chiots really likes donutes?)

This year we waited until we were ready to leave to pick up our donuts (didn’t want to carry them around all day). So I got out my money and stood in line-the LOOOOOOOONG line.

I ordered 2 dozen donuts: 1 regular sugar, 1 cinnamon sugar. You can even walk around the side of the building and watch them make the donuts, boy they sure can crank out those donuts.

As soon as we got our donuts we cracked open the box and each enjoyed one. MMMMM, tastes like we’re at the Wayne County Fair!

Now if you want to try a Lerch’s Donut you’ll have to go the Wayne County Fair or spot one of the 3 trailers that they move around to various events in Wayne County (it’s rumored that they’re branching out and have a stand a several other local county fairs). So what’s your favorite fair food?

3 Comments to “The Grand Fair Finale: Lerch’s Donuts”
  1. Pine Pod Farm on September 13, 2008 at 8:07 am

    Yummy, we got some of their funnel cakes before but we went to the Wooster Hawkins parking lot since Lerch’s Donuts are there alot though.

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  2. Joe on September 14, 2008 at 1:14 am

    Ohhh…you’re making me hungry! Those look so good!

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  3. Mike on September 17, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    I love your blog!

    See the State Fair of Texas at:

    Corny dogs are “good”. And this year I may try the chicken-fried bacon. (Bacon that is battered and deep fried) Then I think I’ll try the Pepto-Bismol… not fried!

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