Centerville Haunted Corn Maze

Popcorn is fun and healthy snack. First invented by Native Americans thousands of years ago, it has become a snack institution that is easy to make and fun to eat. Popcorn is a type of corn kernel that explodes when it’s heated. It is able to explode because the kernel contains a small amount of moisture that is sealed inside while the exterior of the kernel is dry and hard. As the kernel is heated, the moisture in the interior expands causing the kernel to expand and pop.

So, why do we like the Whirley Pop so much? Isn’t microwave popcorn faster? Actually, a batch of Whirley popcorn takes about 3 minutes on our gas stove, so, microwave popcorn isn’t faster. Plus, with the recent health concerns over the ingredients in microwave popcorn, we feel much better adding our own oil and popcorn kernels and knowing that is all we are eating. And, as flavor goes, there really is no comparison. I think microwave popcorn is usually too salty and too oily. Popcorn from the Whirley Pop comes out light and fluffy. Just salt and butter to taste and you are ready to go.

An easy, mess-free alternative is to use a microwave to heat up a popcorn bag. Popcorn bags are specially designed to absorb microwaves and concentrate them on the kernels helping them pop evenly. Wait three to four minutes for a tasty snack.

The Faire is truly a good time for everyone from babies on up, and the price is reasonable: $14 for adults, $7 for children 5-17, and kids under 5 are free. It’s affordable even for those large blended families, and well worth it for a day of fun for all!

Even those who can resist purchasing crafts, art and toys may be unable to resist the vendor food offerings, especially the crab cakes and Kettlecorn Dallas – both are a must try.

The Lane County Concussion is auctioning off the right to pick their skate-out song for Saturday’s bout. That’s right: the winning bidder will get to pick the family-friendly song of their choice for these grown men to skate out to. The auction lasts until about 11pm Pacific on Thursday, March 28th. So, act quickly! At the time this was published, the bidding was up to $51. Last time the Concussion did this, the winner picked the song “Why Can’t We Be Friend?” by War.

Saratoga Springs is best known for its springs. Mineral springs. You can even still go to a bath house where you can have an old fashioned mineral bath. Located throughout the town are old fashioned spring house structures and you can go right up to them and drink the famous spring water. Don’t bring your gallon jug, thinking to take some home, because you probably won’t like the very salty taste. Still, this is something you won’t see every day (or taste, for that matter).

Most people will be able to customize this snack to suit their tastes and budgets. Almost any type of flavor or seasoning can be found. Those who want this in a flavor that is not sold will be able to make it any way they want. Bags of ordinary kernels are very inexpensive. Gourmet kinds are available for those with more money to spend.

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