Fair brings out good, bad and sweatbands?

Marie Bakken
Wow...what a great turnout at the Rockdale Fair over the weekend. Throughout the course of the three-day event I got a chance to visit with old and new friends, taste some amazing desserts, see some interesting people, oh yeah, and meet The Bellamy Brothers.

I’ve been a fan of Howard and David for as long as I can remember. They sang hit after hit the entire time they were on stage. I like those type of entertainers who all they have to do is get up and sing–no props or smoke machines, just sing. Before the Bellamies went on stage, about 40 or so folks got to take photos with them at the meet-and-greet. We all had to wait a little longer than we thought, but none the less enjoyed it. Got a great photo of husband Buck and I with the award-winning duo.

I always enjoy visiting with everyone at the Fair. Got to hang out with a few classmates (will do a bit more visiting with them at our 15 year class reunion on Saturday) and one of my best girlfriends and her husband in from Southeast Texas. People watching was quite eventful as we were at Saturday’s dance featuring the Bellamies.

Besides the “I’ve had too much to drink and can’t stand so I’ll lean on a total stranger” crowd, we had “Humpty” and his girlfriend “Dumpty” right in front of us. Really, people, get a room, no one wants to see that. Gross.

Further into the crowd was “Sweatband Guy” who had to have been channeling Richard Simmons with his attire and let’s say enthusiastic attitude. He made us laugh a lot.


It was also a night to celebrate for our family. Buck received his official letter in the mail and will start classes at Texas A&M in January. Gig ‘Em & Whoop.


I had the privilege of being one of the judges for the auction baked goods contest on Friday morning. Judging partner Denice Doss and I had way too much fun. Below is one of the recipes from the contest. We will try to run all grand and reserve champion winners’ recipes the next few weeks.

Lemon Buttermilk Pie

By Jack Gruber, Milano 4-H

Grand Champion Junior Pie


1 1/4 lbs. granulated sugar 6 Tbs. all-purpose flour 8 eggs 8 oz. butter, melted 16 oz. buttermilk 2 tsp. vanilla extract 2 tsp. lemon zest

1 oz. lemon juice

3 pie shells (pre-baked)


• Preheat oven to 300ยบ F.

• Whisk together sugar and flour, adding eggs gradually.

• Slowly add melted butter.

• Whisk in remaining ingredients and pour into pie shells.

• Bake pies in preheated oven for 30 minutes or until mixture is just set.

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