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Fair baking contests announced

on August 10, 2013 10:55 AM

COOKPORT — The Cookport Fair will sponsor three baking contests this year.

• 2013 PA Preferred Chocolate Baking Contest

The PA Preferred Chocolate Baking Contest will be held at 8 a.m. Sept. 10 at the Cookport Fairgrounds.

The contest is co-sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Pennsylvania Preferred program and the Pennsylvania State Association of County Fairs.

This is the second year the PA Preferred program is contest co-sponsor.

A state-sponsored agricultural marketing program, PA Preferred identifies and promotes food and agricultural products grown, produced or processed in Pennsylvania.

When residents buy local products, they not only directly support the state’s economy, but also encourage Pennsylvania businesses to continue to grow and create great products that guarantee consumers fresh, quality food.

Contestants are encouraged to use as many Pennsylvania-produced ingredients as possible in their chocolate baking recipes.

For a list of member locations, visit www.PAPre ferred.com. Cookport Fair’s contest is a preliminary competition that leads to the selection of final PA Preferred Chocolate Baking blue-ribbon winners each January at the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg. First-place winners at the Farm Show will be awarded a cash grand prize of $500 for the winning chocolate cake recipe and $250 for the winning chocolate cookie, brownie or bar recipe.

For a complete list of rules, visit www.cookportfair.com or contact contest coordinator Susan Belford at (724) 254-2239 or board secretary Diana Stauffer at (724) 254-1445.

• Annual Incredible Angel Food Cake Contest

The Angel Food Cake contest is returning to the competitive exhibit lineup at the Cookport Fair this year. The Incredible Angel Food Cake contest, sponsored by Pennsylvania Egg Farmers and Pennsylvania State Association of County Fairs, will be held at 8 a.m. Sept. 10. Entrants may not have won first place in this angel food cake contest at any other fair in 2013.

The winning cake will be eligible for competition at the PA Farm Show in January, where the winner will receive $500 for first prize.

Cakes will be judged on flavor, inside characteristics, overall appearance, creativity and topping.

For more information, contact Belford at (724) 254-2239 or Stauffer at (724) 254-1445. Complete details are in the fair entry book or at www.cookportfair.com.

• 26th Annual Blue Ribbon Apple Pie Contest

The Cookport Fair will once again hold the Blue Ribbon Apple Pie Contest at 8 a.m. Sept. 10.

The contest is co-sponsored by The Pennsylvania Apple Marketing Program, The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and The Pennsylvania State Association of County Fairs.

The Cookport 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 $500 for their winning entry. Other cash prizes will also be available for the top five entries.

The rules for the contest are in the fair entry book or at www.cookportfair.com or by contacting Belford at (724) 254-2239 or Stauffer at (724) 254-1445.

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