North Carolina State Fair

For leg lovers, there's nothing like the fair

Posted October 22, 2010 11:16 p.m. EDT
Updated October 22, 2010 11:19 p.m. EDT

— The giant turkey legs served at the North Carolina State Fair may prompt some big questions – How many calories is one leg and just how do you grow a turkey that size?

But for those who love the legs, the questions don’t matter.

“It’s just a good piece of meat,” said Lisa Prince with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services.

One of the legs can add up to 1,100 calories and close to 60 grams of fat – about the total daily recommendation for an adult.

“I'll tell you, this town right here, I've never seen so many people eat turkey legs,” said vendor Shane Snedeker.

Fairgoers described the flavor in different ways – a little salty, smoky.

Price said, “There's a special blend the farmers are working with to grow a really great turkey.”

“They taste like Thanksgiving turkeys with a twist,” said Jack Horton. “They’re very tasty and they’re not too dry.”