by Brian Clarey

That we love our chain restaurants in Greensboro is aptly exemplified by the sale of the IHOP in Pyramids Village — for $2.5 million, as reported on the CoStar Group website. That’s a lot of flapjacks, people.

Also of interest is Hardee’s new Steakhouse Burger, with A1 steak sauce, onion rings and Swiss and bleu cheeses. And the new fast chicken place opening in our state, PDQ, is spearheaded by Outback Steakhouse co-founder Bob Basham. And local Hungry Howie’s pizza places are donating a portion of all of October sales for breast cancer research.

Debut foods at this year’s Dixie Classic Fair, held at the fairgrounds Sept. 30-Oct. 9, include fried bubble gum and fried Kool Aid, which will take their place among fried candy bars, fried cheesecake and chocolatecovered bacon.

On Thursday, Abbotswood at Irving Park holds a farmers market from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. It is also the last day of the season for the Winston-Salem Downtown Farmers Market in 6 th Street between Cherry and Trade streets.

Saturday begins the Old North State Council of the Boy Scouts of America’s annual Popcorn Fundraiser. Buy some from your favorite scout or visit www.

Also on Saturday, Total Wine & More tastes big reds at all three Triad locations, and Whole Foods Market in Winston- Salem holds its annual Oktoberfest.

On Sunday, head back to High Point’s Total Wine & More at 1 p.m. for a talk by Angela Calad of Dos Andes Winery in Chile and Argentina. Or head to the Rising Meadow Farm Fest, beginning at 11 a.m. with fiber animals and artisans, a fabulous lunch, beverages from the Girl Scouts and ice cream from Homeland Creamery. Also something called a “sheep dog demonstration” goes down at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

And if you haven’t got tickets for Sunday’s Community Table event, a joint collaboration between Greensboro’s Iron Hen and Jamestown’s Southern Roots, it may be too late. But you can always call 336.471.5205 or e-mail to find out for sure.