Corny Dog King
Skip Fletcher, patriarch of Fletcher's Corny Dogs, the favored concession at the State Fair of Texas, died on January 31, following a battle with pneumonia. He was 82.
News of his passing was posted on the company's Facebook page, marking the legacy Skip left.
"We are extremely saddened to tell our fans that our Corny Dog King, Skip Fletcher has passed on," said the note. "As we are preparing for our 75th year at the State Fair of Texas we've unexpectedly lost our patriarch. Please keep our family in your thoughts and prayers as we go about the difficult tasks ahead and adjust to being without the presence of such an amazing man. Skip leaves behind a legacy of love, devotion and adoration for you, his fans, that we will humbly continue."
The corny dog was introduced in 1942; Skip began learning how to make it when he was 8. When founders Carl and Neil Fletcher passed on, Skip took over in 1980.
Fletcher was especially fond of the kids, and known for wearing a little gold corny dog necklace.
People initially did not know what a corny dog was, but eventually the concession grew to seven stands, including a vintage trailer that was introduced in 2016. Fletcher's evolved with the times, adding a vegetarian corny dog to its lineup in 2015.
Services have not been announced.