By Wade Linville
The Brown County Press
If you ask local Brown County Fair-goers to name their favorite fair food, chances are their answer will be “the pork tenderloin.” But they aren’t referring to the pork tenderloin sandwiches found at just any food vendor on the fair grounds, but the pork tenderloin sandwich that is only found at the Brown County Pork Producers.
This year, the Brown County Pork Producers celebrated their 40th year, and in four decades the organization’s sandwich has become a fair tradition.
When asked what food she made sure to get whenever visiting the Brown County Fair, Jean Ellen Murray, of Fayetteville, was quick to answer “the pork tenderloin.”
“It’s good, and it’s a tradition,” said Murray.
Murray shares the same view on the Brown County Pork Producers’ famous sandwich as many others who visit the Little State Fair in Georgetown.
In fact, the Brown County Pork Producers can go through as much as 10,000 pounds of pork during the course of the fair, while on the average year going through around 8,000 pounds.
So, where does all that pork come from? Over the years, there have been many who rumored that the pork used by the Brown County Pork Producers came from the animals sold by Junior Fair swine showers during Saturday’s auction. But that’s not at all the case. The pork actually comes from Kroger, as it has for many years.
The fair favorite comfort food that has made its rise to fame by satisfying the cravings of countless fair-goers over the past four decades is prepared and served by the kids and advisors from non-profit organizations involved with the Junior Fair departments, such as 4-H Clubs.
According to current Brown County Pork Producers President Richard Rosselot, for every pound of meat sold, the organization gets $1.25. Other money made at the Brown County Pork Producers booth during the fair goes to provide various scholarships.
The Brown County Pork Producers have also used proceeds to construct all of the swine buildings on the fair grounds, according to Richard Rosselot.
One-hundred percent of the funds made go back to the Junior or Senior Fair (departments) in one way or another, and for scholarships.
Working in the Brown County Pork Producers booth is rather simple. The pork is breaded in flour and light seasoning, then deep fried to perfection before it is placed in a bun, wrapped, and handed out fresh.
“How many?” is the question customers are typically asked when it comes their turn in line, and that waiting line at the Brown County Pork Producers booth can sometimes get quite long.
“I don’t think there is anything that compares to it,” Richard Rosselot said of the Brown County Pork Producers famous sandwich as it compares to other fair foods.
“It’s the best food on the grounds,” said Lory Rosselot, secretary of the Brown County Pork Producers.
The Brown County Pork Producers has withstood the test of time with 40 years of success thanks to the support of many locals.
“It’s nice to know that we have support, and that we have been able to help a lot of groups over the years,” said Richard Rosselot.
For those who missed it, you’ll have to wait another year before getting your hands on the Brown County Pork Producers popular sandwich. But when the Little State Fair fires up in Georgetown in 2019, be sure to pick up at least one of the Brown County Pork Producers’ pork tenderloin and show your support for the local non-profit organizations that have helped to make the fair in Brown County a success for so many years.