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Cumming Country Fair and Festival

Cumming Country Fair and Festival October 6 – 16, 2011


Cumming Fairgrounds
Home of the Cumming Country
Fair and Festival





 Cumming Fairgrounds
2011 Event Calendar
October 5: Extension Service Canning & Baking Competition Rules & Entry Form – 770-887-2418

6-16: Cumming Country Fair & Festival information or 770-781-3491

22: Peachtree Qualifier Road Race – contact Devin Forsyth @ 770-889-6723

29: NGQMA Race


5: NGQMA Race

11-12: Cumming Steam, Antique Tractor & Gas Engine Exposition contact John Walls @ 770-886-3507

18-19: The National BBQ Cup – or contact Randall Bowman @ 770-886-6290


9-10: Christmas in Cumming Arts & Crafts Festivalcontact: Bill Watson @ 770-423-1330.

9: Christmas Celebration at the Fairgrounds

Note*There may be other events during the year, pending availability upon request. Events are subject to rescheduling or cancellation. Please confirm with the Cumming Fairgrounds office at 770-781-3491.E

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Teresa Johnson

Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners



Welcome to North Georgia Quarter Midget Association

Taken from North Georgia Quarter Midget Association

Welcome to the
North Georgia Quarter
Midget Association

“Racing For Kids”



Our mission is to provide a safe and rewarding first racing experience to our driving members, and to provide a memorable family sporting activity which teaches the life skills of safety, competition, sportsmanship, and respect.

We also encourage the development of driving skills that will increase the ability of our kids, ages 5-16, to safely drive a full size vehicle when they grow up, and to know that there is a correct time and place to drive fast… in a race and at the track, and not on the public roadways.

HOW DO I GET STARTED RACING? Click Here for all the details.

Our Track:  We are fortunate to be racing at one of the nicest Quarter Midget Racing facilities in the country.  We are located at the Cumming Fair Grounds, at the north end across from the Police Station.



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Teresa Johnson

Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners


Pig Lickin Cake and Hershey’s Kisses Peanut Butter Blossoms

“Pig Lickin” Cake


Hershey’s Kisses Peanut Butter Blossoms.


Cooking with the Grandchildren!

Last weekend, I kept my two young grandchildren so that my son could move into his new house. We played, cleaned, rode three wheelers, watched moves, and cooked. We cooked homemade soup, cornbread, blueberry pancakes, cookies and cakes. They were a great help and I loved every minute of their visit.

Two of the sweet items we made were a cake and cookies.

The 5-year-old boy and the 2- and- half year old little girl did a great job!

The first dessert we made was a special cake called a “Pig Lickin” Cake! My Mother in Law had the recipe and her cousin (a preacher’s wife) had given her the recipe. I am sure that this cake was the proud contribution to many of the church socials of both my Mother in Law and her cousin over the years!

Here is that special recipe!

Pig Lickin Cake

1 Package Duncan Hines Yellow Cake Mix

1- 11 oz. Can Mandarin Oranges

4 eggs

3/4 cup of Oil

Makes 3 layers. Cook at 350 approximately 15 minutes.


1 Large Can of Crushed Pineapple (slightly drained)

1 Box of Dream Whip (both envelopes)

1 Package of Vanilla Jello Pie Filling

Mix together and put between layers.

It was good!

The next recipe we made was the Hershey’s Kisses Peanut Butter Blossoms!

Here is the sweet little girl “stirring” again. She is quite good at it! I let her do it on the door of the dishwasher so that I would have easy cleanup in case of spills.

The recipe for this wonderful cookie is below.

Hershey’s Kisses Peanut Butter Blossoms

40 Hershey’s Kisses Brand Milk Chocolates

.5 C of shortening

3/4 Cup of creamy Peanut Butter

1/4 Cup of granulated Sugar

1/3 Cup of Packed Brown Sugar

1 Egg

2 Tablespoons Milk

1 Teaspoon of  Vanilla Extract

1.5 Cups of  All Purpose Flour

1 Teaspoon of  Baking Soda

1/2 Teaspoon of  Salt

Granulated Sugar

Heat oven to 375°F. Remove wrappers from chocolates.  Beat shortening and peanut butter in large bowl until well blended. Add 1/3 cup granulated sugar and brown sugar; beat until fluffy. Add egg, milk and vanilla; beat well. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into peanut butter mixture.  Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in granulated sugar; place on ungreased cookie sheet.4 Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Immediately press a chocolate into center of each cookie; cookie will crack around edges. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. About 4 dozen cookies.

Nutritional Information per serving (1 cookie):
Calories: 90, Total Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 5mg, Sodium: 75mg,
Total Carbohydrate: 10g, Dietary Fiber: less than 1g, Sugars: 6g, Protein: 2g, Vitamin A: 0%DV*,
Vitamin C: 0%DV*, Calcium: 0%DV*, Iron: 2%DV*
*%DV= %Daily Values are calculated based on a 2000 calorie diet



The Gate, The Lizard and the State Botanical Gardens!

Botanical Gardens

The Gate, The Lizard and the State Botanical Gardens!

While the grandkids were visiting us recently, we decided to take them to the University of Georgia and the State Botanical Gardens! Both were near by and free except for a donation at the Gardens. They loved it. As we got out of the car, the first thing my 5-year-old grandson saw was a “blue tail” lizard on the steps! From that point on, he and his 2-year-old sister explored behind every leaf looking for lizards, frogs and butterflies!

That was one of the hottest days of the summer, but we didn’t let that stop our fun. There were plenty of room for running and playing alone the paths. Turn a corner and there would be another path leading to a new adventure. We looked for frogs but never did find any although I am sure that they were probably watching us from the many lily pads.

The Garden is approximately three miles south of UGA’s  campus. It was founded in 1968. We only visited a few gardens but the total property spans over 300 acres and borders the Middle Oconee River. The Gardens include the Native Flora Garden, Shade Garden, International Garden, Herb and Physic Garden, Flower Garden, Conservatory Collection, Conifer Collection, the Natural Areas, Special Collections, Wildlife in the Garden, and Garden Art.

Looking for Frogs

While resting in the shade on some benches in the “Heritage Gardens”, we noticed that there were several people close by “filming”. The kids were noisy so we didn’t stay long. As we were walking down the path, a man from the filming group approached us. I thought “oh no, he is going to ask us to be quiet”. To my surprise, he introduced himself and told us that  special “gates” were being placed in the garden. They were design by artists and they are “art” structures. They were there that day filming a video about the artist and her work. He said they thought it would be great to have the children around the gate as part of the video. How Exciting! That would be a special experience!

The Gate!

Of course, with children you don’t ever know how things will turn out…..  My grandson was instructed to “open the gate”. There were several problems with that request. First of all, the gate latch was too high to reach for a five-year old. Next, the gate was designed to be “art” and the door didn’t open very well.  Our grandson tried and tried to open it and could not. He turned, looked into the camera and in a loud voice he said, “What’s the matter with this STUPID gate?”  We finally opened the gate for him and let him walk through. The Video Production people smiled and told us that we did a great job. They were really nice. By the way, the gates were wonderful and beautiful! My grandson, who is my little “star”,  may be called again for other parts in the movies because of his great “walking throught the gate” video…… I know Hollywood will be calling soon….we are setting by the phone……… waiting………..waiting……..

Grandma Teresa and Kids!

Teresa Johnson

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