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Things came to a boil in the Pacific Northwest this fall at the Homemaker Holiday Candy Shows. Three sponsors backed these gatherings: Homemakers Department, Pacific Supply Cooperative, Walla Walla, Wash., with Mrs. Helen King at the helm; local associates affiliated with the regional; and Western Beet Sugar Producers Inc. of Salt Lake City, Utah, with Mrs. Ruby Garrett (officially known as Nancy Haven, home economist), representing it and demonstrating the candy making.

These adult leader training shows, with a lot of advance planning by Mrs. King and help from the local women, drew large crowds to the co-ops. The good effect of these free shows spread. Some people in the audience took what they learned about beet-sugar candy making back to other local groups. These might be 4-H Clubs, home economics clubs, churches, Boy Scouts, Camp Fire Girls, women's clubs, school teachers, Granges, Farm Bureaus and others.


The operation required detailed planning, and Mrs. King had it all down on suggestion sheets she sent out to chairmen of the local women's groups. These sheets made up an Advance Kit and included suggestions for preparation of the show with ideas to make it of the greatest possible value to the local co-op.

Response to these shows was excellent. In most cases, two or three times more people came than were expected, and local managers were enthusiastic about the results. Walt Steele, manager of the Polk County Farmers Co-op, Rickreall, Ore., wanted to know, "How soon can you send another Homemaker Show our way? This was the easiest promotional meeting we ever did. Everything was outlined in the advance kit and was ready for us, so everyone knew just what to do."

"No more could have been done, than was done, for me or my company, Western Beet Sugar Producers Inc., to make a successful joint program," Nancy Haven said,
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Title Annotation:50 Years Ago ... From the November and December 1957 issues of News for Farmer Cooperatives
Publication:Rural Cooperatives
Date:Nov 1, 2007
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