40 | Green Lake magazine 2012 This yearĺs cookie classic is aptly named the ôCookie Olympics.ö This uniquely Ripon event focuses on the under-12 set, but fun for all takes place Saturday, August 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Barlow Park on Riponĺs south side. Even though itĺs an all-things-cookie event in its 17th year, you can also visit the Ripon Rotary Clubĺs food and beverage tent. The Bremner/Chamber Cookie Tent sells current favorites Pays Homage to the Summer Olympics By Jan White from the cityĺs cookie factory, under production here since 1930 and now operated by Bremner Food Group, Inc. The worldĺs largest cookie was baked in Ripon in 1992, and was documented by the Guinness Book of World Records in 1994. Hence, one of the cityĺs nicknames recognizes this feat with the CookieTown USA designation. And since Rippinĺ Good Cookies brand is an obvious play-on-words with the cityĺs name, it is helpful to newcomers in pronouncing Ripon as the locals do. While there are cookie hunts, cookie decorating, cookie tosses, cookie bingo, >ś╩ôť└i]╩iŢźiV╠╩├ťôi╩█i└Ů╩├źiVł>Ć╩ events with an Olympic twist. And no Cookie Daze is complete without the dazzling spectacle of the cookie dropŚ80 cases of wrapped cookies iŢźiĆĆi╩v└ťô╩>╠ťź╩╠ůi╩╠ť▄i└łś}╩w└i╩ truck ladder! And the hunt is on among the thousands of cookies to nd the specially marked one to win a bike or other big prize. Festivities are held rain or shine, and parking is free. Cookie Daze is sponsored by the Ripon Area Chamber of Commerce, local businesses, and service organizations. For more information, go to ripon-wi.com, call (920) 748-6764, or email info@ripon -wi.com. Jan White is a freelance writer.