Cory Parker has worked festival-oriented food booths ever since he was a teen, traveling throughout Indiana and Ohio with a carnival for several years.

So Saturday’s Finish On Fourth After Party downtown was the perfect setting for the Columbus Bar employee, working a vendor stand near The Commons.

“I’ve always loved the idea of slinging food,” Parker said.

Early in the day, he predicted the establishment’s Memphis nachos — “definitely big enough for sharing” — would be the real winner on the menu. But the pulled pork sandwiches also have been popular in the past when he has fed thousands at the post-race gathering.

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He laughed about the possibility of skipping the chance to work on marathon day and instead entering the 5K.

“Well, maybe,” Parker said. “I do jog.”

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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5672.