Samplers abound in spite of soggy Sunday

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Jessica Puentes of Ames and her son, Marcelo Puentes, 4, liked the t-shirts at the sample Sunday.

Several dozens cars and trucks lined the driveway of the Picket Fence Creamery in rural Woodward for their May Day┬áSample Sunday, the year’s first opportunity for customers to taste the wares of the creamery and its many allied vendors.

Chris and Dawn Fee of Knoxville, owners of Ah Jeez, spread a wide array of products before the public, including their various rubs, dips, cheese balls, beer breads, meatballs, soups and dessert breads.

“We make it to just about every Sample Sunday,” Chris Fee said.

The main sales floor was solid with customers at midday, with Jill Burkhart working the till without let up.

Florida native Jessica Puentes said she drove over from Ames, where she is stationed in the U.S. Army Reserves, with her 4-year-old son, Marcelo, in order to sample the many local delicacies.

“I can’t believe how many people are here,” Puentes said. “I thought the rain would mean a smaller crowd, but it’s just the opposite.”

The creamery’s regular hours are Monday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The next Sample Sunday will be held June 12.

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