Caregivers support group to meet Wednesday

Cheryl Walker

Caregivers support others, but who supports the caregivers? Several years ago the Caregivers Support Group was started in Milam County to prov ide assistance to the caregivers. During the meetings, the group discusses problems and concerns that are unique to their situation.

On Wednesday, Oct. 5 the next Caregivers Support Group will be held at the Milam County Extension Office, 100 E. 1st Street in Cameron. The meeting will start at 10 .m. and end about 11 a.m.

The topic for the meeting will be “Dealing with the Upcoming Flu Season and Other Medical Issues” presented by Vickie Moore, RN, BSN-Nursing Supervisor for the Little River Medical Clinic.

Make plans to attend the Oct. 5 Caregivers Suppor t Group meeting. Talking to other caregivers and professionals lets you know that others understand you r sit uat ion. Somet ime s just voicing your concerns to an understanding listener does wonders for your stress levels. If you have questions or need additional information, contact the Texas AgriLife Extension Service-Milam County Office, 254-697-7045, 100 E. 1st Street, Cameron.

TV CELEBRITIES IN CAMERON—If you like to cook or just like to see programs on cooking, Oct. 8 is a date you don’t want to miss. The Central Texas Bake-Off and Food Show is set for Oct. 8 at Yoe High School in Cameron.

Major names will be in Milam County that Saturday when we host the first Central Texas Bake- Off and Food Show. Patricia Sharpe, Texas Monthly Executive Editor and Food Writer will serve as a head judge for the bake-off as well as a speaker during the afternoon Food Show.

The Casserole Queens who have been on the Food Network and Today Show will present a cooking demonstration for the afternoon Food Show. The Bake-Off will be held in the Yoe High School cafeteria and the afternoon Food Show is set for the Yoe High School Performing Arts Center. Also, Brookshire Brothers will be providing over $2,000 in total prizes for the bake-off winners and Free gift bags for the Food Show.

The Bake Show is open to youth and adults. Youth age 5 and up along with adults and commercial cooks can enter up to three entries(one pie, one cake, and/or one cobbler). Participation is not limited to Milam County residents. Participants are welcome from all over Central Texas.

If you enter one, two or three items in the bake-off, you get one free ticket to the afternoon Food Show. So for as little as a $5 entry, you get a $10 Food Show ticket free. During the Food Show, awards will be presented for the top cooks along with an auction of the top food entries.

These Brookshire Brothers awards will be presented in all age divisions for the top three participants in pies, cakes and cobblers. The Food Show will be moderated by Ann Harder, K XX V-T V. Ann will keep us moving through the Bake- Off Awards and Auction. Patricia Sharpe, Texas Monthly Executive Editor and Food Writer will be a judge as well as a speaker during the Food Show.

Casserole Queens will present a food demonstration to close out t he Food Show. Sa ndy Pollock and Crystal Cook have been on the Food Network and Today show with their return to casserole cooking. They will have a cookbook available at the end of the program. If you want to learn more about the Casserole Queens go to their website:

Enter your favorite pie, cake and/or cobbler in the Bake- Off and get a free ticket to the Food Show. Entries must be completed by noon on Oct. 7. Entry information, schedules and guidelines are all available on the Central Texas Bake-Off and Food Show website-www.CenTexFood or at the Milam County Extension Office, http://milam.

YOU NEED TO ENTER— Rockdale Fair Home Economics Department is set for Oct. 20-22 in the New Salem Building at the Rockdale Fair grounds. Youth and adults from five years of age and up can enter crafts, photos, painting, food and much more. All you need to do is bring your items on the correct dates and fill out an entry form. With no entry fee for the Home Economics Department, there is no excuse for youth and adults to miss this opportunity.

The New Salem Ex tension Educ at ion A ssociat ion Club members will be awarding cash awards to youth grand and reserve champion winners. Beginner, Junior, Intermediate, and Senior Grand Champion winners will receive $15 each and Reserve Champion winners will receive $10 each. No cash awards will be provided to Baked Goods, Diabetic Baked Goods and Decorated Cakes for any age group.

Youth and adults can enter one item per class. Since many of the divisions have multiple classes, you have a number of opportunities to show off your talents.

Non-Food entries are checkin from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 19 and 9 a.m. until noon on Thursday, Oct. 20. These items are judged Thursday afternoon. You can enter: handwork, canned food, arts and crafts, collections, horticulture, quilts, paintings, photographs, produce, porcelain, scrapbooking, woodworking and much more.

Food entries are check-in from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. These items are judged Friday morning. You can enter: cakes, pies, cookies, breads, candies, decorated cakes, miscellaneous. We have a special division for diabetic recipes.

As the judging, the entries are open for the public to come by and view the talent in Milam County. The New Salem Building is open until 5 p.m. each day for the public viewing.

Complete rules and entry forms are available at the Milam County Extension Office or the website Call if you have a question concerning the rules, 254-697-7045.

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