Pork producers take pride in fair food


by Johnny Archer


Posted on August 18, 2013 at 8:26 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – The Kentucky State Fair has a plethora of tasty treats and dishes for all to enjoy.

From the fried Girl Scout Cookies to the turkey legs, you can find those behind the delicious dishes taking pride in what they do.

Great barbecue is a staple at the State Fair. Barbecuing runs in Larry Alvis’ family.

“I’ve been barbecuing since I was a youngster – watching my mother barbecue at Cox’s Park,” Alvis said.

25 years later, you can find Alvis grilling with the Kentucky Pork Producers at the fair.

The grill masters pump out an average of 700 pork burgers a day during the 11-day event.

“They’re good. Just as good as a pork chop,” Alvis said.

Carl Russell, another cook, has been mastering the art of baking beans for 20 years.

“I have a recipe. I can’t give away my recipe. All I can tell, it’s very good,” he said.

Russell slowly stirs the beans in a 35-gallon kettle making 5 batches a day.

These two share a little bit of their cooking with the thousands who attend this annual event.

Their love for cooking brings them in the fair gates around 7 a.m. and they leave around midnight.