Last year’s panel judging the fair baked goods was outsmarted by a wily raccoon who helped himself to only the Blue Ribbon treats, those sweets that took the number one spots in their categories. The empty plates holding their coveted Blue Ribbons were displayed next to the Baked Goods Bandit’s wanted poster so fairgoers could keep their eyes peeled for the sugar-loving thief, but he managed to elude authorities and is, to this day, still at large. It appears he has grown into a Geauga County outlaw folk hero, though, because this year t-shirts with the Baked Goods Bandit wanted poster will be for sale at the Auxiliary Country Store located in the Domestic Arts Building. If enough proceeds are earned from the use of that rascal’s cute face, perhaps the Bandit will pay for his crime after all.
Baked Goods Bandit Scavenger Hunt
The Fair Auxiliary is holding a Scavenger Hunt to help to keep the clever raccoon that helped himself to Blue Ribbon treats last year from stealing again this year. The Scavenger Hunt will run from Thursday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Entries must be turned in at the Auxiliary Country Store in the Domestic Arts Building no later than Sunday by 10 p.m. “The Baked Goods Bandit” t-shirts for kids and adults will be available for sale at the Auxiliary Country Store.
The hunt is open to children ages 2 through 12, one entry per child. Each participant needs to have at least eight of the 10 stops stamped to qualify to enter for the prize drawing. Look for the Bandit raccoon at each location to get a stamp on the clue sheet. Each location has its own unique stamp – there are no duplicates. Clue sheets will be available during the fair at the Domestic Arts Building, at all clue locations, or can be printed from the fair website, www.geaugafair.com.
Two winners will be selected for each age group: ages 2 to 6, 7 to 9, and 10 to 12. The winners will be selected Monday at noon at the Auxiliary Country Store and need not be present for the drawing. All winners will be notified by phone or email. Each person who turns in their completed clue sheet will get a participation ribbon.
Thanks to Auxiliary member Mindy White, and Janet Jacques from the Ways and Means Committee for coming up with this idea and making it a fun event for the younger fairgoers.