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Winsted man wins at State Fair with 100-year-old sugar cookie recipe

Sept. 8, 2008

By Caroline Wigmore
Staff Writer

Chad Larson of Winsted took a chance on a 100-year-old cookie recipe from a Delano woman and won second place at the State Fair sugar cookie competition this summer. He also took second place with his own brownie recipe.

For a copy of the sugar cookie recipe in Frances Johnson's original handwriting, click here.

Larson is a member of the historical society in Delano, where he met Frances Johnson, who supplied him with the recipe for his winning sugar cookies. Larson has been a member of the historical society for almost five years.

“I enjoy every minute of it,” Larson said of the historical society.

He intends to put together a cookbook of local recipes from the Delano area.

When Larson entered his sugar cookies in the State Fair, he entered them under Johnson’s name to give her credit.

“The recipe is at least 100 years old, and it was Frances’s family recipe, ” Larson said.

The sugar cookie recipe had been received by Johnson from her sister Sally Trutnau.

Larson’s friends had always told him he should enter his brownies in the State Fair brownie competition, and this year he did.

When asked if he planned to enter anything next year in the State Fair, Larson said that he definitely would. In the past he has entered jam which took home a prize. Larson plans to enter his peach jam and possibly gooseberry jam for next year.

Another highlight of Larson’s trip to the fair was meeting the legendary Marjorie Johnson, who has won more than 2,000 cooking prizes at the State Fair over the years and recently appeared on the Jay Leno show advertising her book, “The Road to Blue Ribbon Baking, with Marjorie Johnson.”

Larson couldn’t pick his favorite activity at the State Fair.

“It’s all fun to me. I could spend hours there,” he said.

Approximately 1.5 million people come out for the Minnesota State Fair each year and many participate in the various competitions. Some of the competitions are cooking, sewing, taxidermy and competitive stamp collecting, to name a few.

For more information about the state fair, visit http://www.mnstatefair.org/.

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