Cookie Daze: Tradition has Never Tasted so Sweet

Cookie Monster and kids
Photograph by Barbara Wilson

Made up of a series of small towns, the Green Lake area has no shortage of activities and events during the summer months.

For over 20 years, Ripon’s Cookie Daze has been a highlight of many families’ summers. The 24th annual Cookie Daze will take place on Saturday, August 3, at Barlow Park. Festivities run from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., rain or shine.

The best part? It’s free! There’s nothing better than free entertainment for the whole family. The event will also have a food and beverage stand for your convenience.

With a variety of activities, such as decorating cookies, Kookie Cookie BINGO, and Rocket Shop & Launch Pad, there’s never a dull moment! Kids can get their faces painted or explore in the Children’s Activity Tent, and there will be a bouncy castle and so much more.

The big events include the Cookie Hunts and the Cookie Drops. Attendees will watch in awe as thousands of cookies are raised above their heads when a Ripon Area Fire Department truck heaves them into the air. And of course, what goes up, must come down. When the cookies drop, children scurry to collect as many as they can. Some cookies can even be redeemed for prizes! Each Cookie Drop has a grand prize winner, with this year’s prizes including a PlasmaCar or a new bike.

Test out your baking skills with the annual Bake & Taste Competition, which encourages area bakers to showcase their recipes for a chance to win prizes or the infamous People’s Choice Award.

For more information about the Bake & Taste Competition as well as Cookie Daze, go to the Ripon Chamber of Commerce website at .

Alyssa Paulsen is a freelance writer.