Old Vs. New: Exploring the Vendors at the Fair


Hemp’s: The Veteran

by Riley Gill

Hemp’s was established in Downtown Jefferson in 1849 by creator Abraham Hemp. The current owner, Bill Hemp, is Abraham’s great-great-grandson. In 1986, Hemp’s brought their business to the Fair. “The plan was to keep coming back, but it’s turned into a little more than what we envisioned at the start,” said Hemp when asked about their success at the Fair.

When Hemp’s first began, it was simply to promote their home store in Jefferson. Over the years, Hemp’s in Frederick has “sort of made its own entity,” according to Hemp. On leaving, we asked Hemp if he had any advice for the “young guns”. He reminded them to have patience. “We started with 12 feet of space. Sometimes it takes two or three years to build up, it took us a few years.”

Fusion Mobile: The Newbie

by Toni Bianchini

“Well, we certainly hope it doesn’t take that,” bantered Donnie Frost, one of the newest additions to the Frederick Fair from Fusion Mobile. The former head chef at Market Street Mobile was given the company food truck when he started Fusion Mobile. “I have lived in Frederick my whole life and I wanted to give back to the community and be at the Fair,” stated Frost, when asked about why he is at the Fair.

Frost wants the exposure that the Fair brings as well. “It’s been good,” Frost said when asked about how it has been this first week. Frost hopes that this is the first of many weeks here at the Frederick Fair. If you are looking for some local Crab Cakes that are made from a Frederick native, look no further than the black food truck across from Gate Three. Bill Hemp Sweeps out front of his shop Donnie Frost in Mobile Fusion Rides

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Owner Donnie Frost smiles inside his food truck, Fusion Mobile