Cookie Daze stays with its roots

Members of the Cookie Daze committee gathered recently to complete planning for Saturday’s big event at Barlow Park. Committee members include, from left, Ripon Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jason Mansmith, Marcia Pockat, Laurie Kasuboski, Craig Leinweber, Judi Liveris, Maddie Leinweber (in the cookie costume), Greg Dragolivich, Michelle Leinweber, Cindy Lenz, Lauren Price and David Schoff. Not pictured are Deb Kaiser, Deb Winkler, Kim Francek and Samm Pamperin.

For the first time in recent memory, Cookie Daze decided to return to its roots — or basic ingredients — last year and have no specific theme for the event.

It worked out so well that it decided to keep the recipe the same.

The 19th-annual Cookie Daze will return Saturday to Barlow Park with an un-themed event. It will run from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

“It was really kind of another new opportunity for us to put the theme by the wayside and really focus on what that event is really about, which is affordable family fun,” Ripon Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jason Mansmith said.

While Cookie Daze will not have a specific theme, the same cannot be said about the event’s bake and taste competition. It will feature the subject, “A Trip to the Circus.”

“We have gone through a decent amount of themes and ... [a volunteer] was like, ‘What about A Trip to the Circus?’” Mansmith said of the competition’s theme. “And everybody was pretty on board with that.”

The stakes also have been raised greatly for the event.

“Some of our prizes have increased significantly on our bake and taste competition,” Mansmith said. “So it is really going to be a nice opportunity for people who are relatively good at baking cookies to win great prizes.”

Among them is a new KitchenAid mixer, valued at approximately $300, which will be given to the winner of the “People’s Choice” award.

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