Ziggy the Clown keeps kids smiling (Video)
Oct. 5, 2013 at 5:05 a.m.
Ziggy Comes to Bootfest
This is Ziggy the Clowns third year at Bootfest. Kimberly Rickman, also known Ziggy the Clown, talks about Bootfest, her role as Ziggy, and her passion for making people happy.
In case you missed out
If you didn't get to taste the decadent flavors on display this weekend at Bootfest, don't worry. Most vendors said they're packing up their deep fryers for the Calhoun County Fair next weekend and Western Days in Yorktown, which starts Oct. 18.
Cotton candy - 171 calories
Fried Twinkie - 420 calories
Fried Snickers - 444 calories
Fried cheesecake - 655 calories
Funnel cake - 760 calories
Fried turkey leg - 1,136 calories
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Tali Kloss and her daughter hovered over a basket of juicy crawfish Saturday night at Bootfest.
The duo had tons of choices when it came to dinner; vendors were servin' up just about anything deep-fried and covered in powdered sugar. However, Mama was loud and clear when she said: "We didn't want anything fried."
"I can feel my arteries clogging just looking at it," she laughed.
The two-day street festival hosted a variety of entertainment, from up-and-coming country performers to one of the meanest corrals for children in the West. But based on long lines and overstuffed bellies, the magic was at the food trucks, and hardly anyone was worried about the calories they were consuming.
Fifteen-year-old Abigail Gwosdz laughed when she thought about the calories in the fried ice cream she and some friends were sharing.
According to the calorie-counting website calorieking.com, fried ice cream can be more than 800 calories and 21 grams of fat, which is more than 20 percent of the suggested daily value.
The cook behind the fried goodies, Joe Trevino, 50, of Port Lavaca, said the treats are dipped in a modified version of his secret funnel cake batter and then deep-fried. Rubbing his belly, he said he was not at all worried about the nutritional values in the food.
However, when it comes to the guilty pleasures of the festival, the highest yielding food isn't something sweet - it's the deep-fried turkey leg weighing in at 1,136 calories with 54 grams of fat.
Barbara Littles ran the fried turkey leg stand at the festival with her sister and said Bootfest is not the place to worry about your diet. "People come to eat bad and have fun."
As for refreshments, just about every other hand had a light beer in it. Coming in at 110 calories, it was probably the safest bet.