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State Fair Food Classics: Ham Biscuits from Westover United Methodist Church

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Fairgoers enjoy lunch with Westover United Methodist Church.
  • Fairgoers enjoy lunch with Westover United Methodist Church.
Tommy Highsmith sees it as part of his church’s mission to provide good and affordable food to fairgoers. That’s why the ham biscuits from Westover United Methodist Church cost a mere $1.50. “I think it’s the cheapest biscuit on the fairgrounds,” says Highsmith. “We’re over here more or less to be a minister to the people and to also provide a decent product at a decent cost.”

Highsmith is a charter member of Westover, which first opened its doors less than one mile away from the state fairgrounds in 1945. “My thinking is that we came out to the fair the year or the year after we organized,” says Highsmith, who has helped at the booth ever since.

Highsmith says to run the stand it takes at least two shifts of 11 members, plus one former pastor, George Megill. “He’s put the entire menu to song,” Highsmith says of Megill. “And when he starts singing, it stops people who walk by." In addition to biscuits, Megill's song features hot dogs, hamburgers, barbecue, and homemade desserts—all things that sound like the making of a hit to me.

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