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Tater Pigs


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What you're eating: The Western Montana Fair's plethora of rich and tasty grub makes it tough to choose just one item. There are Vikings, battered and deep-fried meatballs served in the shape of a sausage and sold on a stick. There's fry bread, served warm and sweetened with powdered sugar. There are deep-fried cheese curds served with ranch dressing. We enjoy those delicacies and many others, but our first stop for fair food is always the Tater Pig booth.

What it is: A Tater Pig is a baked potato with a sausage stuffed in the middle and topped with butter, cheese and sour cream.

Why you're eating it: For one, it's delicious. Secondly, because the Rocky Mountainaires Barbershop Chorus has patented the Tater Pig and the fair is the only place that one can find it in Missoula. Proceeds generated from Pig sales benefit the nonprofit choral group, which supports music scholarships.

"It's a great introduction to barbershop harmony," says John Robinson from the Mountainaires.

  • photo courtesy of John Rettenmayer

What's almost as good as the Pig itself is the fact that, when prompted, Mountainaires manning the Tater Pig booth will sing you a song about it. The tune goes like this, "There's a sausage peeking out of the middle of my tater, middle of my tater ... hot off the griddle, sausage in the middle ... oink, oink, oink."

Where to find it: At the Western Montana Fair, off South Avenue. The Tater Pig booth is set up near the race track and not far from the beer garden. The fair runs through Aug. 11.

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