Large crowd enjoys Taste of Home cooking school event

ABOVE: Dana Elliott, culinary specialist from Taste of Home, kept the crowd lively as she presented several simple, yet elegant recipes for the holiday season at the Simply Christmas show held last Thursday, November 8 at the South Ripley Elementary School. The dishes were given away throughout the show as were the numerous door prizes pictured on display. The sold out event was sponsored by Ripley Publishing Co. and area businesses. BOTTOM: Coming through the line getting their goodie bags were sisters Traci Bauman and Terri Benning, along with Belvadean Strimple. The ladies were checking out the contents of the bag that were sponsored by area businesses. The evening was a huge success with nearly 800 people participating. Vendor booths were set up for the first time in the cafeteria, giving attendees more room to browse the booths that offered free samples, chances to win prizes and Christmas shopping opportunities.