CoolKay

You are Here!:/Karen

About Karen

Webmaster of Countyfairgrounds.net, ChristmasUSAHoliday.com and HalloweenEventsUSA.com. organic food nut, runner and dog lover, grandmother to Malicha and Grey. .

The Crazy Daysies

Rebecca Day and her sister Jen Day Thompson make up a swampy feeling band called "The Crazy Daysies". They are an acoustic based country music group out of Jacksonville, Florida. Both of the sisters write music. They also feature a percussionist  Beau Littles when called for. Rebecca is a full time musician and also performs solo. Some of their wonderful regular clients are : Ragtime Tavern at the beaches of Jacksonville ,Brick Oven at Fleming Island in Florida, and Sven Bridges Brewery in Jacksonville.   They have released an EP, several singles, and most recently a full album called Mile Markers. They have performed too at  fairs and festivals including the Greater Jacksonville Fair, The Blue Crab Fest in Palatka (Florida) and and Porchfest in Jacksonville. Here is a list of their : Upcoming Shows Below is a podcast interview with Rebecca done on March 6th, 2019.  It is also being featured on our website Countyfairgrounds.net - on our EntertainersforHire page - . YES, we are back to doing interviews - and hopefully we can help some of you entertainers get booked!  

By |2019-03-13T21:42:05+00:00March 8th, 2019|Entertainment, Podcast, The Crazy Daysies|0 Comments

Florida State Fair 2019

Discover the Fun at the Florida State Fair Pre Fair interview with the Assistant Manager of the Florida State Fair - Mike Rogalsky. We talk about what is new and exciting at this years Fair. We talk about parking, Seniors and what is good for children under 12 to do. Of course we talk about fair food, the exhibit building the animal exhibits, the carnival and a lot of their entertainment.

Dry Rubs Made Simple

Have you ever taken a bite of something and wondered what spices were used to season it? In the world of barbecue and grilling spice combinations are called rubs because the mixture of spices is rubbed into the meat. I get several emails a year asking about making rubs and how to find combinations for different flavors. The simple answer is that rubs are whatever you want. Heck – salt and pepper is a rub! But, for developing certain flavors combinations it’s probably a good idea to do some research on the spices you like in your favorite dishes. For example, if you want an Asian inspired rub then research oriental spices and Korean barbecue. Tex-Mex rubs include spices found in South of the border cooking. The same goes for Greek and Mediterranean cooking, Italian foods etc. If you like that “flavor” learn the basic spices associated with that style of cooking and start playing with spice combinations. Or, you can cheat! More on that below. Here’s a few things to keep in mind when developing your own spice combinations – AKA, rubs! Add Before Long before Cooking The secret to using a spice rub on any meat is getting a head start. I apply my rib rub on my ribs a day before they hit the smoker. This allows the spices to dissolve as the meat soaks up the flavor. At the very least, apply your rub several minutes before cooking. Allow the rub to turn from dry to moist – you’ll see a notable difference over the course of ten to thirty minutes. If you plan on more than a few minutes, then cover and place in the fridge. But don’t go crazy with the above suggestion when it comes to delicate items like seafood. A few minutes to allow the seasoning to sink in will be perfect. Watch the Sugar and Salt! Going healthy is a great thing when you start mixing up your own batches of rubs. Don’t get me wrong – you can add a pinch of salt – just don’t go overboard. Avoid doubling up on sodium when you use salt and then another ingredient such as Garlic Salt. Suddenly you have double the salt! I include dashes of brown sugar, and even table sugar, in several of my rubs and seasoning blends. However – if you use a lot of sugar in your mix and heat things up too quickly you could end up with a bitter [...]

By |2019-03-13T21:48:20+00:00February 1st, 2019|BBQ, BBQ Recipes|0 Comments

Winter Survival Tip for Summer Grill Masters – Beer Mustard!

Winter temps are dropping across the land and this probably causes outdoor cooking angst for those who consider themselves grill masters! Yes, some will trek to the grill or smoker no matter how deep the snow is or how cold the temperature may drop. This is especially true for die-hard tailgate fans watching NFL playoff football. But, for many others… it’s just to dang cold to fire up the charcoal or gas in order to grill a couple of burgers or steaks when you can cook inside or dine-out. So, what’s a grilling junkie to do? You can either go for it and invest in a heavier coat… or, try some new things in the kitchen that can be moved outside when the temperature rises! Even if it’s just one warm day in the middle of January or February. Here’s my suggestion for surviving the winter season – turn your attention to a dish you’ve always wanted to try but were afraid to do for a crowd. Chances are your outdoor cooking parties are limited so a first shot a new dish can be cooked, taste tested and perfected before you next official cookout party with guests. Take on a few quick and easy recipes that can be easily tweaked for both indoor and outdoor use. I like trying to perfect new sauces or rubs during the winter, so I can serve them up in the Spring and Summer months. Here’s a suggestion to get you started starting with a tasty mustard that would be perfect for hot dogs and brats broiled in the oven for the Big “Super” Game! Homemade Beer Mustard Making your own mustard is easier than you may think. It’s a simple four step process that requires added time for the finished mustard to rest. You need some mustard seeds and liquid. Most people use a combination of vinegar and water. Here's where you can begin to play with things. Beer can replace the water! Here's the four basic steps: They are the same if you are using water, beer, wine, etc. as your liquids. Step 1 – SOAK your mustard seeds with enough liquid to cover the in a covered, non-reactive bowl. Soak for 2-4 days in the fridge. Check every day or so and stir slightly. Step 2 – BLEND the soaked seeds in a blender or food processor. Short bursts produce a chunkier mustard. Longer makes a creamier mustard. Step 3 – FLAVOR your mustard using additional ingredients. How about [...]

By |2019-03-13T21:51:37+00:00January 15th, 2019|BBQ, Beer|0 Comments

Arkansas State Fair 2018

Arkansas State Fair October 11-21st in Little Rock Concerts October 11th & 12th - Charlie Daniels October 13th - POD October 14th - GINUWINE October 15th - The Big Talent Show October 17th - RATT October 18th - Stokley October 19th - POP EVIL October 20th - Mark Chesnutt & Red Head Express October 21st - Twista Arkansas State Fair - Pre-Fair Interview with, Ralph Eubanks with CJRW, Arkansas State Fair spokesperson info@arkansasstatefair.com 501-372-8341 2600 Howard St. Little Rock, AR 72206

By |2019-03-13T22:19:37+00:00October 8th, 2018|Arkansas State Fair, Podcast, State Fair, States|0 Comments

South Carolina State Fair 2018

The South Carolina State Fair runs from October 10th through the 21st, 2018. The theme this year is "Homegrown Fun!" South Carolina State Fair - Pre-Fair Interview with Nancy Smith, Fair Manager ********************************************************************************************** **********************************************************************************************

North Carolina State Fair 2018

The North Carolina State Fair , Where Nothing Could Be Finer - opens October 11th and runs thru the 21st - in Raleigh   North Carolina State Fair - Pre-Fair Interview with Heather Overton, North Carolina State Fair Spokesperson ***************** Historical timeline of the North Carolina State Fair starting in 1850.

Arizona State Fair 2018

Arizona State Fair takes place this year - October 5th-28th, in Phoenix.. at  1826 W McDowell Rd. Some of the featured performances are  (with many more on their website): featuring Gary Allan on October 5th October 10th , True Willy: Tribute to Willie Nelson AND 38 Special at the Veteran's Memorial Coliseum October 11th, the Wallflowers at Veteran's Memorial Coliseum  October 17th Pitbull at Veteran's Memorial Coliseum  October 17th Anthrax at Veteran's Memorial Coliseum  October 20th Big + Rich at Veteran's Memorial Coliseum There are a lot of various CONTESTS also - Facebook Contest, Cooking Contest, Eating Contest, Creative Contests and Livestock Entries Check out the Egyptian Exhibit - 2018 Arizona State Fair: King Tut and the Egyptian Treasures - Tickets</strong? A ONCE-IN- A LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY DIRECTLY FROM EGYPT Behold the legendary treasures of king Tutankhamun Ninety six years after its amazing discovery in the Valley of the Kings or We bring Egyptian heritage to you The artifacts focus on the world-famous tomb of King Tutankhamun, Ramses II, Nifertary, Tuthmosis III, Alexander the Great, Cleopatra VII and artifacts from the Coptic and Islamic museum of art. Arizona State Fair - Pre-Fair Interview with Brianda Martinez, in Public Relations *****************

Malcare WordPress Security