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“Cookies and cucumber” challenges offered at the 2017 Tama County Fair

July 13, 2017
From: ISU?Extension - Special To The Chronicle , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Tama County Fair time is just around the corner. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is offering two new challenges this year that are open to everyone in the county. All ages are welcome! Get your creative juices flowing and join in on the fun!

The Tama County Cookie Challenge will be held on Thursday, July 20, with check-in at 3:30 in the Klinefelter Building. Judging begins at 4 p.m Participants should plan to be present during judging. Official rules are below.

1. Cookies must be homemade using the recipe provided. You must use all of the ingredients and cannot add anything. Use your choice of shortening, flour, flavorings, and chips (peanut butter chips are not allowed).

2. Give your cookie a name. For example--Grandma's Gutbusters. The crazier, the better.

3. Please bring the entire batch to the fair with 12 cookies arranged and presented to appeal to the judges (a group of expert cookie eaters) and the balance of the batch stacked in a disposable container of your choice.

4. Winner will be judged on 3 things. 1) Name of cookie 2) Eye appeal 3) Taste

5. Cookies not used in the Challenge will be given out to audience afterward.

2017 Tama County Cookie Challenge Recipe

4 C, flour of your choice1 tsp. soda

1 tsp. salt1 1/2 C. shortening of your choice

1 1/2 C. lt. brown sugar1 C. granulated sugar

2 eggs1 Tbsp. flavoring of your choice

Chips-flavor and quantity of your choice

Combine flour, soda, salt and set aside. Cream shortening and sugars. Add eggs and flavoring. Mix. Add flour mixture a little at a time and mix.

Bake at 350. For medium and small cookies bake until golden around edges and just set in the center, about 10-12 min. Don't overcook. They continue cooking on the pan out of the oven.

Challenge #2 is the Tama County Cucumber Critter Challenge.

This challenge is also open to everyone in Tama County, any age. Make a critter (bird, animal, person, insect) from a cucumber. Critter can be decorated using items of your choice. It must be able to stand on its own when completed.

Bring your critter to the fair on July 20 at 3:30 to be entered in the Klinefelter Building. Critters will be put on display and fair visitors will vote for their favorite critter by placing coins in a bucket. Critter that brings the most cash is the winner.

Winner will be announced prior to the Pee Wee Wrangler Show on Friday, July 21 at 4 PM. Questions for the cookie and critter challenges should be directed to the ISU Extension & Outreach office at 641-484-2703.

Repurpose Challenge

Another challenge is sponsored and run by the Tama County Fair Board.

This challenge supports the fair scholarship fund.

Repurposed for My Home Challenge dares you to take any old item and create a functional decoration! Old pickle jars become beautiful storage canisters, unusable keys become a key rack! Pallets become furniture!

Show off your talents. 4-H & FFA Clubs are encouraged to participate. Invite individuals who are good at this kind of thing. All items will be auctioned during the fair.

Please deliver your item to the Klinefelter Building by Wednesday, July 19.

Questions for this challenge should be directed to Laura Edler at 641-691-5646.

4H Clubs are also challenged to bring 2 buckets of flowers each to decorate the fairgrounds. Be creative and add your club name to the bucket to receive credit for it.

Let's have some fun at the fair!



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