Alligator on a stick

Food from the Decatur Celebration includes alligator on a stick.

Vendor Clayton Singletary is back on East William Street this year, offering Cajun shrimp and alligator along with chicken kabobs.

Singletary is in his 15th year as a Celebration vendor, and said he won't be surprised if Celebration-goers miss favorite veteran vendors this year.

“This has been a rough summer,” he said. “I don't know if it has anything to do with politics. I know the weather has really been miserable for us. This summer has been difficult. This is one of those times when only the strong survive.”

Singletary and his crew are a long way from their base of Tallahassee, Florida.

“We've tested the waters here,” he said. “We've tried different foods and different locations.”

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He said he anticipates this weekend's sales will include 400 pounds of alligator, 450 pounds of shrimp and 25 cases of chicken. Much of that is purchased from local distributors when he arrives.

Decatur is as far west as he'll go this year. He used to do the Illinois State Fair directly after Celebration, but this year plans to leave Decatur and head to New Jersey.

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Contact Tim Cain at (217) 421-6908. Follow him on Twitter: @timcainhr


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