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April 30, 1987

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ An odd-shaped candy bar with an even odder name has gained official recognition from the state House of Representatives.

The House voted unanimously Wednesday to proclaim May 10-16 ″official Goo Goo week″ and recognize the dessert as ″the world’s best-tasting candy bar.″

Lawmakers gobbled down complementary clusters as they noted the 75th anniversary of the home-grown confectionery and approved the resolution by Rep. Ben West of Nashville.

The resolution says that, ″besides being a luscious combination of creamy marshmallow, chewy caramel, roasted peanuts and pure milk chocolate, the Goo Goo Cluster was created with a renegade circular shape and an unforgettable name that generations of Tennesseans can recall as a distinctive part of growing up in our state.″

It credits Howell Campbell for creating the world’s first combination candy bar in 1912 in Nashville. The Goo Goo now is produced by Standard Candy Co.

The resolution also urges Tennesseans to use ″every given opportunity″ to voice its slogan, ″Go get a Goo Goo; it’s good.″

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Tim Landry leaned over central Louisiana, using a knife to trace the Mississippi River’s meandering route through the butter cream icing.

He was standing on a table that took up most of one end of the state Capitol lobby Wednesday, putting the finishing touches on Louisiana’s 175th birthday cake.

The cake was made from 900 pounds of cake mix, 2,700 eggs, 20 gallons of vegetable oil, 60 gallons of water and 800 pounds of butter cream icing, all to celebrate statehood of April 30, 1812.

It was shaped, of course, like Louisiana and decorated with smaller cakes, including ones in the shape of a foot-long Tabasco bottle, a 6-inch-high gumbo pot and a 2-foot-long pelican.

All of the work was for short-lived recognition, however, for the cake was to be served at this afternoon’s party.

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WAKARUSA, Ind. (AP) - The town board didn’t want to shell out the bucks for a new mower, so instead it approached farmer Bob Getz and really got his goat.

Several goats, as a matter of fact, and 30 sheep.

The herd now is keeping a trim on 30 acres around three town sewage lagoons. The job had kept humans sitting atop riding mowers almost every day of summer, and the cost was getting out of hand.

″Why, just to get the tractor running again, a new sickle bar for mowing behind the tractor would be $4,500,″ said Clerk-Treasurer Bob Esenwein.

Getz and his son, Mike, were on the lookout for new grazing land, ″So I struck up a deal,″ Esenwein said.

The sheep and the goats strike a deal, too. ″The sheep eat the grass and the goats eat the weeds,″ Eisenwein said. ″If the dogs get back there chasing the sheep, the goats chase the dogs away.″

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SEATTLE (AP) - Snails, chocolate flowers and bagels were on display along with wine and jellies in a bid to tempt Japanese taste buds.

Hundreds of companies opened shop Wednesday at the National Food and Agriculture Exposition organized to lure foreign buyers - especially the Japanese - to American food.

Electric frying pans turned out samples of marinated meat, beer salesmen poured cups of brew, and condiment producers discussed how their products could be made spicier or milder.

The Japanese External Trade Organization is making the fair the start of a 17-day mission to the United States.

Takayoshi Mori, JETRO’s director, said the Japanese have taken strongly to American food and that the trend is particularly obvious among young people, who frequent McDonald’s and other fast food outlets.

Judith Shepherd of Maury Island Farms Co. offered some observations on foreign buyers.

Asian buyers especially like her four-jar gift packages of jams and jellies, while Canadians like the preserves in a single larger jar. For that matter, she said, Californians like jelly a little tart, while Northwesterners don’t.

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