Sycamore residents Deb and Paul Boes are making their debut at the Wyandot County Fair this year with their D’lish concessions, as they offer a variety of specialty cupcakes, homemade cookies and bars, gourmet cinnamon and pecan rolls, hot dogs, chicken barbecue sandwiches and drinks.
D’lish began in May 2012 and has made appearances at the Sycamore community garage sales, the Bettsville Independence Day festival and area auctions. This is the first county fair in which the hot pink concession stand will participate, Deb Boes said.
Along with a variety of homemade goods and sandwiches, D’lish offers Lipton zero-calorie sweet and citrus green teas. Barnyard cupcakes will be offered to attract a younger crowd, Deb Boes said, with edible icing topping made into horses, cows, pigs, rabbits and more.
“(The zero-calorie tea) tastes like a sweet tea that you order in a restaurant that’s loaded with 1,000 calories per glass,” Deb Boes said. “I thought that might be a little different.”
She said she always has enjoyed baking.
“A concession trailer seemed like a fun way to get the product out to the public,” Deb Boes said.
The concession stand is a hobby that the Boeses do when they are not working at their full-time jobs, she added.
“This is my fun side job,” Deb Boes said. “I love to cook and I can do this when I want to do it.”
She said she has been baking since she was 16 years old. Along with her husband, their children, Abby and Eric Boes, also will help at the stand. Abby is a 2008 graduate of Mohawk High School and Eric is a 2011 MHS graduate.
“I started working at Tasty (Pastry) when I was 16 (years old) and I had my own place for a couple of years and then I got into the banking business,” Deb Boes said. “… I enjoy the food business, so this is my way of getting back into that.”
The concession stand will travel to area fairs and festivals from April through October, but D’lish goodies can be picked up or delivered year-round, she said.
The family-run operation also has assistance from several friends of the family, Deb Boes said.
“Right now, there’s about eight of us that (are) going to help … out at the fair,” she said. “My husband and I do most of it, but I’ve got friends and family that help occasionally when they’re needed to fill in.”
She thanked her family and friends for their support.
“Without them, I could not have pursued my passion,” Deb Boes said.
D’lish concessions is run out of a hot pink concession stand with a black stripe. It will be located next to the racetrack at the Wyandot County Fairgrounds, two spots away from the Rotary building, Boes said.
“I just wanted something that would really stand out and be different and I thought … going down the road and when I’m parked, I would be noticed (in the hot pink concession stand),” Boes said, adding the concession stand is fun, whimsical and unique. “… We’re really excited about being invited to come to the fair. I hope everyone will come and check us out and support us and hopefully we’ll be a part of the (Wyandot County) Fair for years to come.”
By ALISSA PAOLELLA