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The Land of … 10,000 Cookies

Armed with a goodie box all for herself, Lilly Zornes, daughter of Jay and Bekki Zornes of Ironton, eyes the rows of cookies during the Land of 10,000 Cookies event inside the Faith and Fitness Center of the First Baptist Church in Ironton.

For a day it really was the land of 10,000 cookies. In fact, it was closer to 12,000 of the sweet confections that lured people into the Faith and Fitness Center at First Baptist Church of Ironton on Saturday.

This was the second year for the fundraiser that goes to pay on the mortgage of the church’s new center as well as its operational expenses.

Last year the church brought in $3,300.

“I think this is awesome,” the Rev. Dennis Strawn, pastor of the church, said as he looked around at all the tables laden with plates of cookies.

There were chocolate chip, Hello Dolly cookies, orange frosted carrot squares, bon bons and featherweight sugar cookies to name just a small portion of what was there.

“We have so many ladies who do a lot of work,” Strawn said. “It is great to see the team work. It takes an awful lot of time.”

Strawn’s especial favorite were the iced sugar cookies reminding him of the ones his mother made each Christmas when he and his brother were growing up.

“We would get to cut them out,” he recalled. “It brings back memories.”

This year 32 bakers created 80 different kinds of cookies, often bringing in more than what they promised.

“People would say ‘I told you I’d make 200, but I made 500,’” Jenny Mays, one of the organizers, said about those donating their time and culinary skills. “They all came through.”