Pineapple Whip Vendor Opens Late After Accident on Trip to State Fair

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. -- A popular State Fair vendor finally opened Wednesday after missing almost an entire week.

Bob Stapp, the owner of The Original Pineapple Whip, said he was rear ended and driven off the road near Oklahoma City on his way to the fair totaling his truck and significantly damaging their trailer.

It also damaged their equipment and when they got to the fair, they had to use a lemonade tent and borrowed ice cream equipment.

But the lost time is what will hurt the most.

"It's going to cut our business in half, probably more than in half because we're running a limited menu here instead of a full menu with an entire ice cream selection," said Stapp. "We're doing Pineapple Whip only, we're doing cones, dishes, and waffle cones and working hard to keep these machines adjusted and running properly."

Stapp said they need to make $20,000 in these 5 days to make a profit this year.

He also said fans can expect the trailer and full ice cream selection back at next year's fair.


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