FAIRLEA, WV (WOAY) – Ben-Ellen Donuts opened up shop to a long line of eager customers at the fairgrounds today.
“I would say that my children have never missed a West Virginia State Fair in their entire lives,” said customer Autumn Bess. “It is definitely a family tradition for us, as are the donuts. We were excited to be able to come here and support them even though the traditional fair isn’t going on.”
The current owners took over the business over 30 years ago in 1989 and bought the booth at the fairgrounds in 2004. Since then, they’ve offered the same crowd-favorite donuts topped with cinnamon-sugar that Ben-Ellen Donuts has served for nearly 70 years.
“The turnout has been just overwhelming and we sure appreciate it,” said owner Tommy Vance. “We appreciate the support of the community and we’re just happy to be able to be here and do this.”
Ben-Ellen Donuts is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Sunday this week and next week.