Like any good county or state fair, the Kitsap County Fair is renowned for its varied and unusual food choices.
And while they may sell more conventional fare, for nearly 60 years now, Crazy Eric’s food stand has been serving up some of the tastiest treats in Kitsap County and is always a must-stop for those on a culinary mission to hunt down the best food.
“It’s been a real special event for us over the years,” said owner Daryl Erickson. “There’s always been some good fairs there.”
Crazy Eric’s joined the Kitsap County Fair in 1961, the same year they opened their iconic location on National Avenue in Navy Yard City. While their brick-and-mortar location offers a more expansive menu, including chicken and fish and chips, it’s the burgers that draw the crowd both in Bremerton and at the Fairgrounds.
“We just started our business that year and we had an opportunity to have a stand there and grew from there,” Erickson said. “And we’ve been there ever since.”
The fair burger is typically a one-third pound patty with lots of fried onions, cheese, ketchup, mustard and relish. Erickson said they go through about 25-30 bags of onions ever year.
Crazy Eric’s also goes through plenty of french fries, with the garlic parmesan fries being a particular hit among fairgoers. They also sell corn dogs and elephant ears, which are fried bread loaded with sugar and cinnamon.
“It’s a real special time of year for our community,” Erickson said. “Young and old, everyone enjoys it. And I think it’s going to be a good one this year.”
Crazy Eric’s typically has a few different locations at the Fairgrounds, but the one by the Van Zee building will have a little something extra. Fair management will place a piano there and anyone willing to show off their musical chops can go on over and plink a couple of tunes for the workers and anyone who happens to be walking by.