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For Bushels of Fun, stop at Julie's Diner

By Renae B. Vander Schaaf

Date Modified: 09/23/2013 9:35 AM

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SPENCER, Iowa — Look for Julie's Diner at the Clay County Fair. Located one block east of the KICD Depot, the diner features homemade, fresh foods.

Julie Lange says she has been involved with serving food forever at the fair. Before opening Julie's Diner eight years ago she worked at other eateries.

The menu includes the hot beef plate with mashed potatoes and green beans, burgers and brats. Homemade vegetable beef soup and chili are also popular. French fries, cookies and brownies, ice cream treats and other menu items give Julie's Diner the hometown eating experience.

Breakfast is served until 10 a.m. Hashbrowns, omelets, French toast and eggs are served with coffee, juice or hot chocolate. Pop and water are also available.

The little red diner offers homemade pies made daily at the cafe.

"They just have become one of our signature items," said Lange. "We will make close to 500 pies. Blueberry, cherry, apple, peach, banana cream, sour cream raisin, butterscotch, lemon. They are all made from scratch."

Guests can sit inside or out on the patio.

It is a family run operation.

"My dad and mom come help us and my daughters and son-in-law are here," said Lange. "Most of my other workers come back each year for this week of the fair. They become part of the family, too.''

Look for Julie's Diner in the southeast corner of the fairgrounds. It's east of the Agriculture and Antique building.