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It’s the Chickens in the Road Party on the Farm 2009!

See last year’s party on the farm here.

Date and time: Sunday, October 11, 1 pm to 7 pm. This is the tail-end of the Black Walnut Festival weekend here, to coordinate with people who may come into town for that. (Find Black Walnut Festival information here.) If you’re in the area, or will be in the area that weekend, please come!

I’m going to ask everyone to bring something (food or other party item) and that will be arranged after I have a confirmed list. I’ll be asking everyone who brings a dish to post the recipe in the Community Cookbook OR to bring a dish already posted in the Community Cookbook–so we can all go home and make our favorites!

There will be activities/demonstrations going on throughout the party, including corn husk and grapevine crafts, canning, cheesemaking, and milking. (I have a friend who will be bringing a goat that is in milk.) And, of course, the “petting zoo” will be open. (Entry fee: one cookie.)

If you’re interested in attending, please email me with your name plus anyone you plan to bring with you. I’ll ask you to confirm two weeks in advance. Parking, food, and other information will go out to the confirmed list only. Due to the organization and coordination that will be required to pull this off, we can’t have drop-ins.

If you can’t come, don’t worry–we’ll have pictures!

If you are coming, I suggest you bring a rake.
I’m just sayin’.


  1. Diane says:

    Sounds like fun. Wish I could come. I will be waiting to see it here on your blog. 🙂 I love that chicken. lol. Something about his look really gets to my heart. lol.

  2. Beth says:

    Looking forward to the pictures. Wish I could join in! And I’d bring my 14 yo daughter. She’d catch Mean Rooster and hug him and love him and stroke his feathers the wrong way and call him George.

    In all seriousness, whenever one of the chickens or geese (or any other animal we have) acts up, she catches them and holds them till they have no choice but to calm down. (no, not by strangling them)

  3. Debbie says:

    Oh I hope I can come!!! Sounds like a blast. I’ve never been to W. Virginia. Looks like pretty countryside.

    Wish me luck today, I’m going to make the burnt sugar cake again. Third times the charm, right? Approximately how long did you whip your egg whites, the recipe calls for whipping until fluffy, I’m assuming that is soft peak stage? Also, did you use 8 or 9 inch pans? Thanks!

    P.S. Mean rooster looks like he means business!


    • Suzanne says:

      Debbie, I use 9-inch pans! Remember to cool the syrup to room temperature. Beat the egg whites till they’re fluffy, which is more than soft peak. You don’t need them seriously stiff, but get a lot of air in them. (That’s what the beating does for egg whites.)

  4. MissyinWV says:

    :woof: I am so glad you are doing this again!!! I missed last year. I will be emailing my information as soon as I talk to my girls…

  5. Mary says:

    :hissyfit: I won’t be able to make it, but you know I’ll be there in spirit!! :sun: I hope the weather will be perfect! Have a great weekend!!! :purpleflower:

  6. CindyP says:

    Oh that would be a wonderful party!! Will be there in spirit :wave: and be jealous of those that are !

  7. Joycee says:

    Sounds like fun, but I’m too skeered of Mean Rooster to come!

  8. Oklahoma Granny says:

    Oh, if I only lived closer! Have a wonderful party and I can’t wait to see the pictures.

  9. Mary in Memphis says:

    Hi Suzanne:

    Wish I weren’t hundreds of miles away because your chicken party sounds great. BTW I ordered my own cheese making kit (it came yesterday) and I can’t wait to try it out. Thanks for the link to the site. Have fun and give big puppy a hug.

  10. Melinda in Washington State says:

    Washington is a long ways away. Wish I could be there. I always wanted to visit West Virginia. Wish you lots of sunshine.

  11. trish says:

    Oh no fair! I want to meet Mean Rooster!! Of course, I would do that at the business end of a rake!!! lol Sounds like sooo much fun. I wish I could go.

  12. Lisa in California says:

    I wish I could come and meet all the barnyard “family”, but it’s a little too far for me. I’ll be waiting to see all the pictures though. It sounds like fun!

  13. chook says:

    i call that rake a “chook crook” and use it for chicken herding. very handy.

  14. Susie says:

    I’m like Lisa-in-Cal and the others all over the place! I wish I could come on up there for this festivity! Heck I even wish I lived close by with rake in hand of course! So for now, I will just play farmville in Facebook. It is a cute Application that my daughter got me hooked on. Oh now I discovered you can make the animals walk around on your farm.

  15. lizzie says:

    OH WOW!!!!What a great idea and so fun sounding. I am a SUCKER for festivities in the fall! How close are you to Charlesto/Harpers Ferry??

  16. Bev says:

    Hey far from Fairmont, WV are you? And are there any campgrounds close to where you are? We have been looking for a get-a-way

  17. Vickie says:

    :chicken: Awesome chicken pic!

    Aren’t those hometown, church, etc., cookbooks just the BEST!!!

  18. monica says:

    I think that would be fun, but i am scared of your ‘bouncer’. Feed Mean Rooster rooster well so he leaves everyone alone.

  19. lola falana says:

    People, use google maps to find out how far you are from Suzanne. Suzanne, post the nearest town at least so folks can get an estimate. :shocked:

  20. .Nancy in Iowa says:

    Now I wish I had moved to WV instead of Iowa! I will eagerly watch for photos. Ask Clover to keep Mean Rooster under control – tell her she can even wear a sheriff’s hat and badge. Bet she’d do it!

  21. Taryn says:

    Like so many others, I will have to enjoy the party vicariously, I am waaaay too far away to attend. Sigh.

  22. RaNae says:

    Wish I wasn’t a thousand miles away it sounds like a wonderful time looking forward to the pics.

  23. Sarah says:

    Ah I’d have loved to come, but I think the commute from Bristol, UK, is probably a bit far…

    And, oh! The lovely English baking I could have bought!

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