MARSHALL - There was a little something for everyone at this year's Cooking and Decorating Show. The proof was onstage, where the show's youngest guests were busy crushing graham crackers for the recipe they were making.
Carson Kopitski, 5, explained how he used the rolling pin.
"You just have to go fast," Kopitski said. His co-presenter Emma McKeever was having a little trouble with the rolling pin and just smashed the crackers instead.
Photo by Deb Gau
The Cooking and Decorating Show was the place to be for holiday decorating ideas Thursday night at the Marshall Middle School. For one of those ideas, Georgia Boerboom showed a square holiday wreath to Joyce Vold.
Kopitski and McKeever, both students at Wee Care Preschool in Marshall, were assisting preschool director Heidi Aufenthie as she shared some kid-friendly recipes with the audience.
More than 400 people attended the event Thursday night at the Marshall Middle School. The middle school cafeteria was crowded as area residents checked out booths by vendors ranging from local grocery stores to home decorating, health and beauty businesses. The demonstration portion of the evening started later on, with dishes prepared by registered dietitian Katie Wilhelmi and Dr. Kevin Gildner of the Avera Marshall specialty clinic, and decorating tips from A&W Furniture.
In their demonstration on cooking with kids, things got a little messy as Aufenthie showed Kopitski and McKeever how to mix up ingredients for some cookie bars. Aufenthie and Beth Roelfsema also showed their young assistants how to prepare a twist on spaghetti and meatballs by first pushing the uncooked pasta through the meatballs.
"Look at that. What is it?" Aufenthie asked as McKeever held up an extra-spiky creation.
"It's a 'porkypine,'" she replied.
The kids were quiet at first, but they were having lots of fun by the end of the segment.
"I liked both the things we were cooking," McKeever said.
"I liked the cooking, and we got to wear real microphones," Kopitski said.
Visitors at Thursday's show said they were also having fun. It was a chance for friends and family members to get together and share a meal, or try out some of the samples and demonstrations on display.
"There are a lot of neat booths," said Ellen Griebel. Griebel said she hadn't had the chance to attend the show before but was having a good time.
"I think it's fun to see what local things there are," said Jan Bot of Cottonwood.
Although they joked that they keep coming to the Cooking and Decorating Show to try and win something in the prize drawings, Pat Gawarecki and Lorraine Weverka said the experience was a draw.
"It's a fun evening," Weverka said.