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It's that time of year again where our neighbors and fellow towns people gather together for the County Fair.  They haven't changed a whole lot since I was a child.  There's still the cotton candy, the corned dog, the elephant ears and rides to make you wish you'd waited to eat your favorite treat.

It warms my heart and gives me hope to see the number of young people still involved in 4-H whether through the home arts or raising animals.  I was in 4-H when I was young and my strongest memory is when I did a presentation, complete with a bullet pointed poster (!), on how to bake Quaker Granola Chocolate Chip Cookies.  I couldn't have had a more receptive audience since we got to eat the results!  They're still my favorite and I thought I'd share the recipe:

Quaker Crunchy Drop Cookies (makes about 3 doz)
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda 1/4 tsp. salt 1 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup vegetable shortening 1 egg 3 tbsp. milk 1 tsp. vanilla 2 cups Quaker 100% Natural Granola cereal
*Add a bag of chocolate chips to mix if you're like me! Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a cookie sheet. In small bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt; mix well and set asid. In large bowl, beat together brown sugar and shortening until light and fluffy; blend in egg, milk and vanilla. Add flour mixture; mix well. Stir in cereal. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto prepared cookie sheet.

 Bake for 10 to 12 minutes at 350 degrees.  

12 day old kid

But the 4-H group I really wanted to belong to was the one that got to raise animals.  I think you'll agree that the responsibility and teaching opportunity of raising a baby animal to adulthood is rewarding.  I think I would've wanted a kid or lamb so I could avoid the auctioning off of my well-loved grown calf in what must be a heartbreaking experience for a younger person.

Judging time...

Before and After

And the cutest thing I saw today... besides the Prairie Dog?  How about a snoring Sow with lots of piglets and one concerned piglet that's worried Mom is having a nightmare?!

If I conferred with our furry friends, man to animal,  Think of the amazing repartee

If I could walk with the animals, talk with the animals,

Grunt and squeak and squawk with the animals,

And they could squeak and skwawk and speak and talk to us! 

Leslie Bricusse (written for the film Doctor Doolittle)

This post was inspired by a blog carnival that my Unique Women in Business is hosting.


Very sweet post! I have

Very sweet post! I have wonderful memories of 4H and county fair - what a terrific subject.

I was so excited to see goat

I was so excited to see goat pictures on your blog!! I just want to rub those fuzzy ears! :)

Oh those piglets are just too

Oh those piglets are just too cute!! (I think mom was having a nightmare about bacon,haha) I miss living in Dallas as the state fair was there. But in March we have the Houston Livestock and Rodeo Show - I live for funnel cake, turkey legs, and whatever strange thing they decide to fry this year! lol

Love the post, the 4-H fair

Love the post, the 4-H fair is great fun!!!

Sounds like a lot of fun!

Sounds like a lot of fun! When briefly living in the US We sometimes saw the adds for county fairs, but never went. Sounds like we lost out. I like 'quite' funBirgitte

The county fair was always a

The county fair was always a favorite event of mine growing up. Loved the animals, the carnival, and Bingo!! Brings back lots of good memories.

Great post Janet!I have fond

Great post Janet!I have fond memories of 4-H as a kid and the county fair. I won a blue ribbon for a fresh apple cake that was my Grandmother's recipe...it was so exciting. It is awesome getting to share some of this with my son...he loves the fair too :DAudrey

Great photos & post! I love

Great photos & post! I love going to the fair too. And, your cookies sound delicious!

The county fair always brings

The county fair always brings back great memories.

I love going to the fair -

I love going to the fair - great shots!

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