Friday, June 7, is National Donut Day.

This important holiday is a little hard to celebrate in rural states.

There are not many donut shops in Wyoming.

We do have some.

Some make them fresh all day long.

There are a few places in Wyoming that make some of the best donuts EVER!

Gillette, Wyoming has such a shop, as does Casper at Grant Street Market. Cheyenne has a couple of fresh donut shops.

Learn the history of the donut in the video below.

I'm sure Cody and Jackson each have at least one freshly made donut shop.

But most of Wyoming has to put up with the few available at the small-town grocery store.

Grocery store donuts are rarely fresh.

Wyoming is a spread-out state filled with small towns. You won't find a Dunkin' Donut shop anywhere in the state.

But our fresh-made donut shops are locally owned, and I think that's better than a chain store.

Most donuts made today are overdone, in my opinion. They are just too sweet.

In the picture below you'll see donuts that look more like candy and cake than a real donut.

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They are nothing like original donuts and are often packed with so much sweet stuff on top it's hard to taste the actual donut.

The orgional donut was like a moist and somewhat sweet bread.

The hole in the donut was made because the inside rarely cooked enough, or the outside was burnt while trying to cook the inside.

It was perfect for dunking into a hot cup of coffee.

Coffee back then was not filled with sweaters. It was just black coffee, brewed strong.

In the picture below you'll see donuts being made fresh at the Tri-County Mercantile Chugwater, Wyoming. That's what a real donut looks like.

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The first-ever National Donut Day took place in Chicago in 1938 to honor the history of the Salvation Army's Donut Lassies.

Those women were sent to France in 1917 to care for wounded soldiers and provide a boost of morale.

They made donuts for the men.

Do you have cold weather traditions?

Cold weather traditions build memories and make us look forward to those brutal days that most people curse.

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In Chugwater, Wyoming, at the Tri-County Mercantile that meant making fresh donuts with coffee and eating them by the wood stove.

Bitterly cold snowy days are meant for doughnut-making and friends.

Chug Springs Butchery has meats at the Tri-County Mercantile. They posted the following on their FaceBook page.

Growing up in NC we didn’t have much snow, so when we did, everything shut down and everyone was home and that meant doughnuts, hot chocolate, and if everyone was agreeable it meant friends over and games.

I carried the tradition on over with my children but living in WY is quite a bit different than NC.

We get lots more snowy cold days and life doesn’t really slow down to accommodate it. So it’s gotten to be only one snowy day a season.

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Today it was so bitterly cold and the kids didn’t have school so they were asking for doughnuts. So instead of making it just for our family we decided to share the fun with our little town.

We had lots of fun making it and delivering it to the little mercantile in town where people could drift in, get a doughnut with coffee, and cozy up by their wood stove.

Someday we’ll have to do it and have games inside as well as snow games outside. Little towns grow best where there is love and goodwill towards all! (Chug Springs Butchery)

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It's never just about the homemade donuts or the coffee.

It's about who's there to enjoy it with you.

In some of Wyoming's smallest towns, like Chugwater (population 178) moments like this go a long way and sink deep into everybody's memories.

That means that, maybe after a couple of years pass by, and another winter blast like this comes along, folks will start to salivate as they think of homemade donuts and coffee, and they will pick up their phones and call their friends.

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Some folks from more populated areas wonder why anyone would want to live in a tiny little town like Chugwater, Wyoming.

Now you know.

It's not that these donuts are not tasty.

They are GREAT, in fact.

It's not that they are too expensive.

Their price is quite reasonable.

The company has not done or said anything "WOKE"- this is not like a Bud Light boycott.

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So, why are these guys boycotting Entenmann's donuts?


Deer have a great sense of smell.

They also have incredible hearing.

Their ears are hyper-sensitive, turning like radar to sense predators.

So here these hunters are, waiting on their prey, sipping coffee, and eating donuts just like normal hunters do at the crack of dawn.

CRINKLE goes the package- each time they reach for another donut.

About a mile or more away a deer's head pops up, ears turning toward the sound.

In the animal's mind, he imagines some fat guys, squatted down in camo' munching on donuts.

His nose turns up and he can smell the coffee in the air.

Deer are smart.

Some hunters, not so much.

You know you could always repackage those donuts into something that doesn't crinkle.

Ever thought of that?

How about just skipping anything that comes in cellophane?

Smart hunters, who actually know how to kill stuff, think of these things.

Those are the same guys who know NOT to bring their loud friends.

You know, the ones who brought the donuts in the cellophane.

Also, unless she is an experienced hunter, don't bring the wife.

Today's hunters have many advantages due to modern technology.

Today's deer have a HUGE advantage because modern technology has made many hunters STUPID.

Sorry, but it's true.

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