Is there anything better than a fried funnel cake, doused in powdered sugar? Don't think so!
The Alta Masons and Eastern Star have been in the funnel cake making business for some 15 years. Just think of how many smiles they have brought to the people who have bitten into one of their tasty treats during all those years!
They are a mainstay at the Star Spangled Spectacular food court and for many years prepared the funnel cakes at the Buena Vista County Fair. They have also been at Aurelia's Halloween event selling their funnel cakes.
"It's kind of a fellowship when people get together and work on a common project," said Masons President Dave Fordyce. "It's fun to do but it requires team work."
The funnel cake batter is similar to pancake mixture, mixed together with a utensil attached to and powered by a drill, and poured from, with a swirling motion, a n item resembling an oil can. (Sounds like a man thing, doesn't it?)
The group is good at what they do and have learned to handle the pressures of the hungry crowds. They have even figured out that the key to turning out the best product they can is to have clean, hot oil to fry the batter in.
And then there are all the "goodies" to sprinkle over the hot treat. Powdered sugar is used most often while sugar and cinnamon have been used. The Masons and Eastern Star members may someday get more creative and add almond or vanilla flavoring to the batter for a new taste - but so far, they are sticking with the original taste that they know people have come to love.
I'll bet you didn't know that with every funnel cake you purchased from the Masons and Eastern Star, with every finger licked, you are helping provide scholarships for area youth as well as assisting in other charities. State Masons match some of the funds.
Scholarships are given annually to a high school senior in Alta, Aurelia and Newell.
Members of the group are from several area communities.