Calling all bakers for the 2010 Blue Ribbon Apple Pie baking contest to be held on July 24 at the Troy Fair. The contest is co-sponsored by the Pennsylvania Apple Marketing Program, The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and the Pennsylvania State Association of County Fairs. Over 100 fairs across Pennsylvania will offer cash prizes for the best pie. Troy Fair’s contest is preliminary competition that leads to the selection of the final Blue Ribbon Apple Pie winner held each January at the Pennsylvania State Farm Show. The First Place Winner at the Farm Show will be awarded a cash prize of $160.00 for their winning entry. Other cash prizes will also be available for the top five entries.
The rules for Troy Fair’s contest are as follows:
Open to any individual who is a Pennsylvania resident, only one entry per person
Entry to be a pie that must include at least 60% apples in the filling, It does NOT need to be a traditional two crusted pie and it can have a variety of fillings.
The entire pie must be submitted for judging in a disposable pie pan.
The recipe for the pie and pie crust must be submitted with the entry. It should be submitted on an 8-1/2″ by 11″ sheet of paper. The recipe must list all the ingredients, quantities, and the preparation instructions. Entrant’s name, address, and phone number must be printed on the back side of all pages.
Refrigeration is NOT available at the Troy Fair or PA Farm Show. Entries that require refrigeration after baking must indicate so in the recipe. Those entries will not be sold, auctioned or otherwise distributed for consumption after judging for food safety reasons.
Judging will be based on the following criteria: Flavor, 30 points; Filling: consistency, doneness, moistness, and Flavor, 25 points; Crust: color, flavor, texture doneness, 20 points; Overall Appearance, 15 points; and Creativity, 10 points.
So dig out that favorite APPLE PIE recipe and give it a try. You could end up being the Blue Ribbon Apple Pie winner at the Troy Fair and the Pennsylvania State Farm Show.
For more information on entry requirements, visit troyfair.com, or call Bonnie Borek at (570) 297-8971.