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Get your fill of fair food in downtown Camas

Restaurants offer a special week filled with the tasty treats that fairgoers have missed this summer

By , Columbian staff writer
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The month of August passed without a single funnel cake — or corn dog, elephant ear, caramel apple or any of the other foods people flock to the Clark County Fair to consume.

Downtown Camas, however, aims to put that right with Fair Food Week, Friday through Sept. 11. As a balm to the taste buds of nostalgic fair food-lovers, many restaurants in downtown Camas will offer close approximations and tasty twists on traditional fair food.

“We’re wanting to bring some fun and unique dining options to downtown and add a little extra zest to late summer,” said Carrie Schulstad, executive director of the Downtown Camas Association, in an email. “We have amazing restaurants and coffee houses that are working so hard to serve the community during these challenging times. We want to take advantage of the good dining weather and we truly hope people enjoy all the food options and have fun with it.”

A variety of fair-food options will be available within a few blocks of each other: caramel apples at Cake Happy and elephant ear-inspired malasadas (Hawaiian doughnuts with similar cinnamon-y flavors) at Tommy O’s at the Camas Hotel. Sip a cotton candy margarita from Grains of Wrath or grab a cookies-and-cream milkshake from Squeeze and Grind. Sample the peach hand pies and lemonade from Cedar Street Bagel Co. or slather some beer cheese onto A Beer at a Time’s giant pretzels. Natalia’s Cafe is offering candied bacon on a stick and Hidden River Coffee Roasters is serving up frothy root beer floats. Maybe you can’t get a churro, but you can get churro fried ice cream at Nuestra Mesa.

Sound tempting? That’s not even the complete list of participating restaurants; visit or see the Downtown Camas Association’s Facebook page. Most places also offer pickup and delivery; call the restaurant or visit its website to place an order.

To kick things off on Friday and Saturday, the Liberty Theatre will serve hot buttered popcorn from 5 to 8 p.m. and Caps N’ Taps will offer free fair games outside its taproom. If you need a further fragrant reminder of the fair, purchase Clark County Fair-scented wax melts at Cedar Street Bagel Co., with notes of cotton candy, funnel cakes and deep-fried Twinkies.

If you aren’t fond of fair food but you do like a little mystery, come back to downtown Camas from Sept. 15 to 30 for the Secret Menu event, when local restaurants will be offering special items not listed on the menu.

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