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PARADISE FOUND

Take a drive "narth for some carn" and find some good eatin' at the annual Trout and Berry Festival, Aug. 26 and 27, in Paradise, Cache County.Highlighting the celebration of the late summer/early fall harvest of raspberries and blackberries is a dinner Saturday, Aug. 27, from 6 to 9 p.m.

For $7, you can dine on grilled fresh trout, baked potatoes, local CARN on the cob, tossed green salad and rolls and fresh berry tarts.

(A Utah specialty, rainbow trout, is raised at the local fish farm, Trout of Paradise.)

For more info, call festival chairman Gary Winn at 801-245-4862.

TONS O' TOMATO?

No steroids are allowed, but a $500 prize awaits whoever sends in the heaviest natural tomato to a New York retailer of fresh produce before the Aug. 24 deadline.

The sponsor of the contest, Gourmet Garage, hopes the winner will top the current record of 7 pounds, 12 ounces, registered in 1986 in Edmond, Okla., as reported in the Guinness Book of Records.

Tomato entries must be received between Aug. 22 and the deadline of 3 p.m. MDT (5 p.m. EDT) Aug. 24. They may be delivered by hand or by UPS or similar service, in appropriate packing, according to spokeswoman Ruth Epstein.

"Besides enclosing their name, address, telephone number and tomato variety, contestants should enclose insights into why their tomato became so heavy," Epstein said, adding that the prize tomato will be exhibited (as long as decent) at Gourmet Garage."

(Entries in the Big Tomato contest should be addressed to Ned Visser, Gourmet Garage, 453 Broome St., New York, NY 10013)

FEELING YOUR OATS?

Time for another contest, although the thought of cooking with oatmeal these days isn't really appealing.

How about some motivation: Is a $10,000 grand prize enough?

If you're interested, Quaker Oats is sponsoring the fifth annual Oatmeal Recipe Contest. For contest rules, send a stamped, self-addressed, business-size envelope to:

Quaker Oatmeal Contest Rules

P.O. Box 1370

Barrington, IL 60011.

Contest closes Oct. 29, about the time we'll be shutting down the swamp coolers.