There are many great summertime activities on tap

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We invite all interested Carroll County youth and adults to enter exhibits at the 2013 Carroll County Fair.

Fair catalogs are available at the Carroll County Exten-sion office, The News-Demo-crat office and other locations around town. Fair entries will be accepted Friday, June 7, from 9 a.m. until noon at the exhibit trailer just inside the fairgrounds. Items must be handcrafted, homemade, or grown by the exhibitor this past year.

Adults must enter in the open class division and youth may enter in the 4-H or some of the open-class categories.

Eight open class departments, including art, culinary, crafts, floral, food preservation, photography, horticulture and textiles, provide an opportunity for everyone to enter something.

Look over the fair catalog and see what you have made that you might exhibit this year at the fair. 

Start baking – there are so many items that you could bake to enter. You can’t win a ribbon or receive any money for winning if you don’t enter. 

All entries must follow specifications listed in the fair catalog; any items not listed will not be accepted. Ribbons and monetary awards will be given according to item quality to product standards. Exhibits will be released 9-10:30 a.m., Monday, June 17, at the exhibit trailer.

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

Summer youth camps

Our Kentucky youth have many opportunities to participate in the arts and other activities this summer through camps sponsored by nonprofit arts organizations that are partners with the Kentucky Arts Council.

Summer activities, including music, visual art, crafts, dance, theater and more are available for children to discover the arts throughout the state during June, July and August. The arts council has published a directory of art camps available on its website with location, dates and contact information.

Many of the summer camps offer participants opportunities to get hands-on experience in their fields of interest. The Central Music Academy World Percussion Camp, held in Lexington, allows students to study African and Brazilian drums, Chinese percussion, music theory, Caribbean steel pans and “stomp”-style musical creation (using any  type of household object as an instrument). The Behringer-Crawford Museum in Devou Park in Covington will hold archeology, discovery, and many other camps – including a circus camp.   

Find them all at http://kentucky.gov/Newsroom/kyarts/kentucky_summer_arts_camps_2013.htm

Safe leftovers

Leftovers are great.  They can save time and money, providing ready-made meals in a hurry and helping stretch our food dollars. But use care in saving leftovers. To make the most of leftovers and prevent food borne illness, be sure to follow these recommendations from the Partnership for Food Safety Education:

• Always wash your hands before and after handling food. Use soap and warm water, and scrub for 20 seconds.

•Refrigerate leftovers within two hours (within one hour if the temperature is above 90 degrees).  Bacteria grow best at 40‑140 degrees, so use an appliance thermometer to make sure that the refrigerator is 40 degrees or below.

•For quicker cooling in the refrigerator, divide leftovers into smaller portions. Use shallow containers.  Hot food can be placed directly into the refrigerator—no need to cool on the counter.

• Before eating, leftovers should be heated to an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Use a food thermometer to check the temperature. To reheat soups, sauces and gravies, bring them to a boil.

• When heating leftovers in the microwave, make sure there are no cold spots where bacteria could survive. Cover, stir and rotate food for even heating. Again, use a thermometer to check the internal temperature.

•Use or discard refrigerated leftovers within 3-4 days. Enjoy your leftovers, but be sure to use them safely!

Dates of interest

June 7: Carroll County Fair entry day. 9 a.m.-noon, fairgrounds.

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.