4th of July 2011 festival- Thoughts Part 2
Posted: July 3, 2011 Filed under: General | Tags: 2011, 4th of July, Festival, Food and Drinks, Hoffman Estates IL
I got down there just before the Fire Department demo started and I found myself a nice viewing spot under a tree (on the grass). It apparently takes 5 firefighters to effectively execute this rescue method. The vehicle was a 4-door sedan that was propped up with angled blocks under each wheel and hydraulic tools. They proceeded to break the glass from all the passenger ( and driver) doors. With the use of a tool and some human strength, the doors were removed from the car. The last part was to remove the roof of the car. They used some sort of powered cutter to slice through the supports and lift the roof (with the front windshield attached) down to the ground.I found it just as interesting as last year. I’m also glad to see if this method ever needs to be performed in a real situation, the Fire Department is prepared.
Back to the festival. The carnival games, rides and attractions were just about the same as last year. Cotton candy is still available. As I mentioned in an earlier entry the food vendors were using a ticket system for food payment. The exchange rate was $1.00 = 1 ticket.
Here’s what I had
- Hotdog on bun, Chicago-style (3 tickets)
- Soda can (1 Ticket)
- Bob Chinn’s Crabhouse Lemonade (2 Tickets)
- Deep fried cheesecake (4 tickets)
The hotdog was good. The Bob Chinn’s Crab House
(Lemonade) was one of those good surprises I was hoping to find. It was very good. Next was my mission to try Deep fried candy. I had originally planned to get deep fried snickers as my first taste of deep fried candy, but a “house” recommendation changed my mind and I decided to be extra “adventurous” and went with Cheesecake. I also got a choice of extra sauce. The serving size was just right, first time to try this and all. The outside was warm and soft enough to break into with a plastic fork. How was the taste? To my surprise the “shell” tasted similar to a corn dog, but thinner. The cheesecake filling helped to give a sweet and creamy flavor with each bite. The filling was mostly warm, but cooler in the center (compared to the previous bites). A bit odd. Good overall experience, could probably only handle that 1 serving I had. Got that “heavy” feeling after I finished, and stood up. I’m definitely going back to try the Snickers version.
Some of the food/ticket prices were interesting :
Gyro -8 tickets
Burrito – 5 Tickets
Pulled pork sandwich – 6 tickets
Pizza slice – 3 tickets
Lemonade (different vendor) – 5 tickets with a discount for refills
Shrimp – 5 tickets
Smoothie – 3 tickets
Funnel cake – 4 tickets
Snow cone – 2 tickets
Good overall food culture variety. American, Italian, Mexican, Polish and Chinese.