There is no more iconic food in Dallas than a piping-hot Fletcher’s Corny Dog, available every year at the State Fair of Texas. As such, the loss of Fletcher’s patriarch Skip Fletcher brings some devastatingly sad news to the city’s food scene.
A post to Fletcher’s official Facebook page confirms Skip Fletcher’s passing, which NBC 5 attributes to a long battle with pneumonia. Fletcher has been at the helm of the corny dog empire since the 1980s, when he took over the business from his father Neil. Read the full statement from Fletcher’s Corny Dogs below:
We are extremely saddened to tell our fans that our Corny Dog King, Skip Fletcher has passed on. 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. Please feel free to share and post below, your favorite memories and pics of Skip.
As the statement notes, Fletcher’s is preparing for its 75th season with the State Fair of Texas, during which the stands sells upward of 600,000 corny dogs.