Exhibits for Carroll County Fair to be accepted June 1

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By Grace Angotti

 We invite all interested Carroll County youth and adults to enter exhibits at the 2012 Carroll County Fair. Exhibits will be accepted for entry on Friday, June 1 from 9 a.m. until noon at the exhibit trailer inside the fairgrounds to the left of the entry gate. Items must be hand-crafted, homemade, or grown by the exhibitor this past year.

Exhibits will be entered in open class or the 4-H and youth divisions. Adults must enter in the open class division.  Open class also has youth categories. The 4-H division is open to any youth who has reached his ninth birthday (or is in the fourth grade), but not passed his/her 19th birthday.

Eight open class departments — art, culinary, crafts, floral, food preservation, photography, horticulture and textiles — offer exhibitors many choices of areas to enter.. 4-H also has many different categories to enter exhibits. Ribbons and monetary awards will be given according to exhibit quality to product standards. Exhibits will be released on Monday, June 11, from 9:-10:30 a.m. at the exhibit trailer.

Fair catalogs listing the exhibit categories can be picked up at the Extension office, The News-Democrat office and other county locations. All entries must follow specifications listed in the fair catalog; any items not listed will not be accepted. Ribbons and cash will be awarded.

We hope that many of you will consider entering something you have made, grown or raised at this year’s fair. Call us at the Extension office, (502) 732-7030 if you have questions.

Visit the RiverView Farmers Market

Our RiverView Farmers Market is now open featuring a nice array of fresh early vegetables for your enjoyment.

Check out the beautiful fresh salad greens, onions, cauliflower, broccoli and other vegetables plus salsa, chow chow, jams, jellies, honey, locally grown meat and other items.  Even though it is early in the growing season, there is a nice variety of locally grown, vine ripe produce from which to select.

Stop by to pick up your fresh produce on Wednesdays  from 2-5 p.m. on the courthouse square; Saturdays, from 8 a.m. until noon (or until sold out) at the Hometown Pizza parking lot on Hwy. 227; and on First Fridays on the courthouse square from 4-8 p.m. 

One of the great successes for the market the past few years has been the continued partnership with the Carrollton Main Street Program at the “First Fridays on the Square.” The Carrollton Main Street program provides entertainment by local musicians, food and entertainment for children.

RiverView Farmers Market vendors feature a wonderful array of produce. Bring a chair to sit and enjoy the evening festivities and a shopping bag to place the beautiful fresh produce to take home for your eating enjoyment. First Fridays take place from June through September.

Weight loss rules

Have you tried many fad diets and always end up being disappointed?

If so, it is important that to achieve and sustain an appropriate weight for you is to remember these important suggestions by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (previously the American Dietetic Association):

• Slow weight loss is key. Lose no more than one pound per week. You will not keep the pounds off if you rapidly lose weight on an unhealthy fad diet.

• Quantities and limitations. Never try a diet that encourages you to only eat a certain food like protein, or eliminate a food all together, like grains. You need a balance of all food groups to stay healthy.

• Specific combinations. Eating specific foods at certain times of the day has not been proven to help you lose weight. Eating certain combinations of food won’t lead you to lose weight either.

The best way to lose weight is to eat a balanced diet in moderation.

Try filling your plate with half fruit and vegetables. Fill the other quarter of your plate with low-fat protein food and the other quarter with grains, such brown rice, potatoes or whole-grain pasta. Pay attention to portion sizes.

To be successful at weight loss there must be a commitment to making changes in your diet and physical activity habits. 

This information was shared by Dr. Ingrid Adams, Extension Specialist for Food and Nutrition, University of Kentucky, College of Agriculture and The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Say no to fad diets. http://www.eatright.org/Public/content.aspx?id=6442465356&terms=weight+loss

Dates of interest

June 1: Carroll County Fair exhibits accepted from 9 a.m.-noon at exhibit trailer inside the fair entry gate.

June 1-9: Carroll County Fair


Grace Angotti is Carroll Co. Extension agent for family and consumer sciences. Call her at (502) 732-7030 or send e-mail to gangotti@uky.edu.