Wednesday, May 26, 2010

National Doughnut Day Is Coming - Are You Prepared?

As a child of about 5 or 6 years old, my older cousin, a boy 3 weeks older than myself, and I would spend our summers going to the town park where we grew up. Our grandmother would take us there to go swimming, play on the playground with the great old burn-off-your-pants hot metal slides, and enjoy the wonderful summertime activities the park planned.

That particular summer the park had a doughnut eating contest where whoever finished eating an entire doughnut first won the contest.  However, there was a catch: your hands were tied behind your back.  You had to eat the entire doughnut literally mouth first by lunging at it on a picnic table.  My cousin and I, always a bit competitive probably owing to our closeness in age, were definitely up for the challenge and I don't think the other children there that day had any idea what they were up against.  Of course, the park choose jelly doughnuts coated in powdered sugar for the contest.  It must have been great fun for the parents and caretakers to watch!

Once the contest started, my cousin and I dug into our doughnuts, stuffing as much  into our mouths as possible to win.  The crowd was roaring and cheering as all the children's faces were coated in powdered sugar from diving face-first into their doughnuts.  As time was running out, I had inhaled about half my doughnut when I looked over at my cousin.  He only had the smallest bite left and he would win!  I was not about to let that happen.  At that moment I scooped up the rest of the doughnut with my mouth, forcing the rest of my doughnut inside, and raised my face up in triumphant jubilation.  Oh yes, I won.  :)

My cousin was pretty upset with me the rest of the day but I didn't care.  I was never the type that won anything so that day my blue ribbon was all the happiness I needed.  Besides, it's not every day you get bragging rights for winning a doughnut eating contest and I was going to savor it.

Which leads me, of course, to the upcoming Doughnut Day Festival at Smolak Farms from June 5th-6th.  I'm normally not one to copy and paste an entire event press release, but I honestly didn't want to cut a single word.  While this speaks to the skill of the event press release writer (Shannon you rock!), there is literally so much fun stuff going on at this event that I didn't want my dear readers to miss a single thing.  A portion of event profits will go to benefit the Salvation Army and veterans will get a free doughnut (see details below).  Please spread the word!

Oh, and for the record, I'm not entering the doughnut eating contest this time.  I've got my ribbon.  I'm good.  :)



National Doughnut Day Festival at Smolak Farms for Worthy Cause!
Smolak Farms Celebrates National Doughnut Day!

(Greater-Boston, MA) – With days set aside to honor everything from fudge to peanut butter and jelly, you may ask yourself what’s the point of one more nominal food day? While National Doughnut Day (a.k.a Donut) may seem trite, the actual history behind the nationally recognized, and often over-looked, food holiday originated from an interesting time in history.

National Doughnut Day was officially established in 1938 by the Chicago Salvation Army to raise much-needed funds post depression, and to honor the work of World War I Salvation Army volunteers.

During World War I, The Salvation Army set up small provision stations for U.S. serviceman that included writing supplies, sewing materials, hot coffee and yes, doughnuts to bring comfort to the soldiers. The doughnuts were a huge hit with the serviceman and became an important part of providing comfort and morale for soldiers.

In celebration of National Doughnut Day Smolak Farms located in picturesque North Andover, Massachusetts will be holding their first-ever, weekend-long Doughnut Day Festival from Friday, June 4th through Sunday, June 6th, 2010. In honor of the holiday’s founders, Smolak Farms will be donating a portion of the festivals proceeds to The Salvation Army.

To kick off the celebration on Friday, the farm will be offering half priced hayrides ($2.00 each) as well as special pricing on their cider doughnuts that come in plain, sugared or cinnamon sugared from 9:00AM to 2:00PM. These New England favorites will be ½ price and all veterans a.k.a. “doughboys,” will receive 1 free doughnut!

On Saturday, June 5th and Sunday, June 6th from 11:00AM to 3:00PM children can enjoy an assortment of activities including a bounce house ($3.00), batting cages ($3.00), a playground (free), a petting zoo (free), face painting ($2.00) and hayrides ($4.00). To round out the celebration kids of all ages can participate in various doughnut-centered activities including a donut ring toss and eating doughnuts on a string!

Smolak Farms will also be hosting their First Ever Doughnut Eating Contest at 1:30PM on Saturday June 5th and Sunday June 6th. Contestants will have 3 minutes to try and eat the most cider doughnuts. The winner will receive a free dozen of doughnuts and bragging rights for 2010! That’s right, more doughnuts! Enter the doughnut eating contest at the Farm Stand before 1:00PM the day of!

Families will have a chance to get creative together at Smolak Farms’ doughnuts decorating stand, where guests will be able to dunk their own doughnuts into all sorts of yummy toppings for only $1.00 per doughnut! Afterwards, head over to Smolak Farms special “Doughnut Hole” photo station where families can document their doughnut day adventures in the middle of Smolak Farms’ most famous dessert! Please note, guests must bring their own cameras.

Schedule of Activities (Saturday and Sunday Only):

Doughnut Ring Toss at 11:30AM
Eat Doughnut on a String, and be the first to finish at 12:30PM!
Doughnut-Eating Contest at 1:30PM. Smolak Farms will be hosting doughnut eating contests for ages 6 and under, ages 7-12, and ages 13 and up!

*Please note these activities are free, and will only be offered on Saturday, June 5th and Sunday, June 6th.

WHAT:      Doughnut Day Festival at Smolak Farms
WHERE:     Smolak Farms, 315 South Bradford Street, North Andover, MA
WHEN:      Friday, June 4, 2010 through Sunday, June 6, 2010
INFO:        No Cover Charge. Pay Per Activity.
                 Free Parking, Petting Zoo and Playground.
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About Smolak Farms:


Smolak Farms in North Andover, MA, offers something fun for everyone—blending a 300 year old New England Farm complete with orchards, berry fields and family activities. The Family Farm experience goes beyond the average petting zoo! While young visitors can still meet their favorite barnyard animals, they have an opportunity to go a step further with exciting programs and activities at our rural farm located just 45 minutes north of Boston. Smolak Farms • 315 South Bradford Street, North Andover, MA • 978-682-6332• smolakfarms.com

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