Cookie Daze

Cookie Monster
Photograph by Jean Cornelius

Cookies! Cookies for everyone! Cookie Daze, held annually in Ripon, is known for its cookies and so much more. This year, the event is Saturday, August 4, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Barlow Park, off County Road E.

This event commemorates July 11, 1992, the day Ripon baked the biggest cookie in the world. Packing the cookie measuring 34 feet in diameter with 3.8 million chocolate chips, “Ripon accomplished something no one had ever done before,” according to the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

New this year, Candie Baker will be busy making 10,000 mini cookies at her bakery at Webster’s Marketplace. And Al Schroeder and his team from Diverse Options implement the special packaging for the festival.

The highlight each year is a series of cookie drops for ages 3 to 12. Thousands of individually wrapped cookies are suspended high above the crowd by a fire truck crane. As the alert is given, cookies drop from overhead and children rush to collect handfuls of treats. Some of the cookie packages are noted as prizewinners and can be turned in for a small prize. To ensure that everyone who wants to participate is able to, several cookie drops are provided throughout the day for differing age groups. The grand-prize-winning cookie, redeemable for a new bike, is labeled for each group.

Other event highlights include:

• Annual contests for themed baking and decorating.

• Family pictures taken with Cookie Monster.

• Fun and friendly competition at the cookie hunt.

• Laughter and memories at the Bounce House.

• Family artists with make-and-take crafts.

• Reasonably priced lunches available at the park.

• Make and launch your own rocket using recycled materials at the Rocket Shop and launchpad.

For details about this event and more, contact the Ripon Chamber of Commerce at (920) 748-6764 or visit .

Kris Wood is a freelance writer, retreat facilitator, and a grateful grandma to four darlings. .