Cotton candy spinner marks 40 years at Florida State Fair

Image 1 of 5

For 40 years, Sissi LaFratta has been spinning everyone's favorite sweet treat at the fair, and she shows no signs of slowing down. 

At 68-years-old, LaFratta knows her way around the Florida State Fair. 

She has a magical touch when it comes to cotton candy. 

"When you're working and you like what you are doing, it's fun," she told FOX 13 News.

In 1974, she and her husband started a cotton candy business.

"We've been putting a lot of smiles on little faces and more mature faces too," she said.

LaFratta said cotton candy was originally called fairy floss because it's light and fluffy.

"My husband always says cotton candy is 99 percent sugar and one percent pixie dust," she said.

After four decades, she now recognizes multiple generations of cotton candy fans at the fair.

"You watch the children grow up and graduate and get married and have babies and its kind of like extended family," LaFratta said.

She's a sweet lady who's spent years bringing sweetness to others.

"When you're working and you have a very busy day you get covered up a bit with sugar so you are always sweet."