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SENIOR COLUMN Taste the center's fare at the county fair

For me, summer just wouldn't be summer without a trip to the fair. As a young farm girl, I enjoyed strolling through the barns and admiring the farm animals. I was always amazed by how clean they were. I still enjoy walking through the various buildings and seeing what our local community members paint, sew, photograph, etc. I'm especially astonished by the vegetables and flowers that people grow.

It also is the great food that draws me to the fair each year. And speaking of food, each year the Rochester Senior Center works with the Olmsted County Fair to offer the Senior Day Fair Luncheon. This year the luncheon will be at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Beer Garden. Cost is $3 per person. Payment is made at the door. Space is limited, but you can still join in this luncheon if you call 287-1469 and sign up immediately. Only those with a reservation will be assured of receiving a meal.

The menu consists of meatloaf, mashed potatoes with gravy, vegetable, fruit and a roll. The lunch is being catered by Wayne Wegner. In addition, KTTC's evening anchor, Tom Overlie, will be entertaining with some musical selections from "the good old days." Jean David will accompany him on the accordion. Olmsted County's Outstanding Senior Citizen Awards also will be presented.

I invite you to stop by the center's booth which is located in Industrial Building #1 at booth 28. Members man the booth and are happy to tell you all about the center's activities and programs and why you should become involved.

At the booth, you can pick up a copy of the center's cookbook for $8.95. The cookbook features recipes from the members. The recipes are fast and easy and the ingredients most often are things that you already have in your cupboards. You can also purchase a quilt raffle ticket for $1 which will give you a chance to win a handmade quilt provided by the center's quilting group.

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We're also selling frozen Snickers ice-cream bars from our booth. So, if you are looking for a way to cool off while you're at the fair, save room for one of these. A few of our members and staff are having an ice-cream bar selling contest, so stop by hungry.

Sally Gallagher is executive director of the Rochester Senior Center.

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