School is great success
This is just great!
Grace Sizemore of Holton, exclaimed as she settled into her
front row seat at the Taste of Home Cooking Show held Tuesday
night at the South Ripley Elementary School. She said she enjoyed
everything from the excitement at the booths to the show itself.
Karen Reynolds, Holton, provided music to set the mood for the
evening as the gymnasium at the school filled quickly with attendees.
Some had waited in line for a long time with Joyce Blazier of
Versailles being one of the first through the door. She was
first in line to purchase her ticket for the show as well.
People from neighboring states and as far away as St. Louis,
Missouri, and Australia, were there to enjoy the show that delivered
everything it promised.
Dana Elliott, Taste of Home culinary specialist kept the audience
engaged as she prepared eight delightful recipes that were given
away at the end of the show. Attendees said she did an outstanding
job and kept the show moving.
There were a number of high quality door prizes that Elliott
even commented about. She told the crowd at a show in Indianapolis
recently there were only four door prizes. The prizes at the
local show lined four step risers, along with more gift certificates
and additional prizes from the booths participating in the cooking
school. After the show on Wednesday, employees in local businesses
were still talking about the large amount of prizes that were
given away with those who didnt get a ticket wishing they
I am always proud of our local sponsors, Linda Chandler,
publisher of the Osgood Journal and The Versailles
Republican, noted. She added, This time they seemed
to go above and beyond giving more prizes than ever. It was
an exceptional show all the way around. She was pleased
with the number of people who set up booths to show and sell
their products, the interaction of the crowd and the professional
show Elliott gave.
I never win anything, Glenda Adams of Brookville,
smiled as her name was drawn by Chris Schmaltz of Southeastern
Indiana REMC for the grand prize they sponsored, which was a
freezer purchased from Four Seasons Heating and Cooling, both
gourmet sponsors of the event.
Another large prize was a microwave that was given by Ripley
Publishing Co. That went to Cora Newby, Greensburg, who also
said shes not lucky at these events.
Other major sponsors of the event were: Versailles and Vevay
Super Market, Tom Tepe Autocenter, and The Friendship State
Bank, along with a host of other businesses and individuals
who gave high quality door prizes, set up booths, gave gifts
for the goody bags and more.
Throughout the stage presentation, local ladies Joyce Taylor,
June Kieffer, Ruth Hill and Kelly Garcia helped with food preparation.
They also were there throughout the day to assist Elliott.
The evening ended with the grand finale parade of recipes that
had been prepared that evening that was awarded to eight lucky
Congratulations on a successful event last evening,
wrote David Fry in email correspondence to Chandler the day
after the show. Fry is the director of community relations for
Decatur County Memorial Hospital, one of the major sponsors
of the show.
The chef was excellent and engaged well with the audience,
wrote Tonya George of Health Centered Chiropractic, Versailles,
who offered insight about possible needed chiropractic care
to attendees as they stopped by their booth.
The evening was well attended with lots of smiling faces as
people watched the show, collected their prizes and enjoyed
homemade food from the Dabney Baptist Church booth.
MOORE AND WANDA ENGLISH BURNETT PHOTOS
Picturedabove, Roger Castner of Versailles,
was all smiles as he received a blender donated by Versailles
Super Market at the Taste of Home Cooking School held
Tuesday night at the South Ripley Elementary School gymasium.
There were numerous prizes given away at the event that
saw over 600 people in attendance. Pictured below the
crowd anticipates the event as Dana Elliott, culinary
specialist prepares to begin the enteractive show.