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Bomgardner Family Prepares For Lebanon Fair
LOU ANN GOOD
Lancaster Farming Staff
ANNVILLE (Lebanon Co.)
Ordinary people and little details
make community fairs success
It’s people such as the Bom
gardner family that help make
Lebanon Area Fair a continuing
Leroy helps with the mainte
nance and Evelyn assists Farm
Women Group 15 in the fair
kitchen. Daughter Val enters
sewing, baking, and fresh vege
tables in the competition and
Last year V 4 won first k jce in the Hershey’s Choc
olate Cookie and Brownie contest. She’s hoping for a re
peat this year.
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sells barbecue tickets and cookies
for the 4-H fundraisers.
Fairgoers seldom think of the
work involved in the weeklong
fair, which runs from today
through Aug. 5, but if the work
was left undone, it would cause
chaos for all.
Think of the restrooms, kept
in tiptop shape by Leroy, and the
work required to transform the
indoor expo center from live
stock exhibition to banquet hall.
Of course, everybody wants to
buy food at the fair, which re
quires hundreds of volunteers for
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cooking, serving, and cleanup. If
people didn’t enter projects,
there would be no animal exhi
bitions or cooking, sewing, bak
ing, and floral displays.
Val, who loves to sew and
cook, is doing her part to keep
competition strong. Previous
best of show and first-place rib
bons inspires her to keep enter
ing. Competition is not limited
to the fair.
A few weeks ago, Val has
been active in 4-H sewing club
for seven years, and won a gold
ribbon at Fashion Revue, which
qualified her to advance to
state competition. Unfortunate
ly, Val can not enter the win
ning outfit in the Lebanon Fair
because the state competition
coincides with 4-H State Days.
But that doesn’t mean Val
won’t have a project for the
Lebanon Fair. She sewed a
dress for her niece that she is
entering. She used the same
pattern for the dress that is in
Val said that the dress style
follows a simple pattern. She
thinks the leopard print is what
appealed to the judges at the
“I’m crazy over leopard
prints,” she said.
The Bomgardners moved off
the farm within the last year so
that Leroy could devote more
time to the pastorate, but their
involvement in ag-related activi
Valerie, who turned 18 on the
last day of school and graduated,
has two part-time jobs in addi
tion to helping her married sis
ter, who is recuperating from
Although Val has shown cattle
in the past, she will not be show
ing this year. However, she is
busy baking for the Hershey
Chocolate Cookie contest. She’s
hoping for the same success last
year, when she won first place.
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Leroy and Evelyn Bomgardner and daughter Val re
cently moved off their dairy farm, but continue to partici
pate in agriculture events.
Here is the recipe that she is en
1 cup chopped dates
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup boiling water
'/-> cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
!4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons baking cocoa
l!/2 cups flour
1 cup chocolate chips (option-
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water over chopped dates and
baking soda. Mix and cool.
Cream sugar and shortening.
Add eggs, vanilla, salt, and
cocoa. Stir in flour, alternating
with the date mixture, beat well.
Spread in a greased 9x13-inch
pan. Sprinkle chocolate chips on
top. You may substitute '/: cup
whole wheat flour for a V: cup of
white flour. Bake at 350 degrees
for 30-35 minutes.
The friend who gave me this
recipe said that every time she
served it, the guests telephoned
the next day for the recipe.
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