Indiana County Fair to recognize best local bakers
The Indiana County Fair will sponsor three baking contests this year. Judging will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24. The fair continues through Aug. 31 at the J.S. Mack Community Center/Indiana fairgrounds in White Township.
This year’s contests are:
Pennsylvania Preferred Chocolate Baking
This is the second year the Indiana County Fair has included the Pennsylvania Preferred Chocolate Baking Contest in its list of competitions.
A state-sponsored agricultural marketing program, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Pennsylvania Preferred identifies and promotes food and agricultural products grown, produced or processed in the state. For a list of member locations, visit www.PAPreferred.com.
Contestants are encouraged to use as many Pennsylvania-produced ingredients as possible in their favorite chocolate baking recipes.
Adults may enter a chocolate cake and youths may enter cookies, brownies or bars.
The Indiana County Fair’s contest is a preliminary competition that leads to the selection of a blue-ribbon winner at the 2014 Pennsylvania State Farm Show in Harrisburg during January.
ANGEL FOOD CAKE
The Incredible Angel Food Cake Contest is returning to the competitive exhibits at this year’s fair. Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Egg Farmers and the Pennsylvania State Association of County Fairs, the contest looks for the best cake made from scratch with Pennsylvania eggs.
The cakes are judged on flavor, inside characteristics, overall appearance, creativity and topping.
Entrants may not have won first place in an angel food cake contest at any other fair this summer.
The winner of this contest will also be eligible to enter his or her cake in the 2014 Pennsylvania Farm Show contest.
BLUE RIBBON APPLE PIE
Fair officials are also looking for the best apple pie in the county.
The Blue Ribbon Apple Pie Contest is sponsored annually by the Pennsylvania Apple Marketing Board, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and the Pennsylvania State Association of County Fairs, and local fair winners will be eligible to enter the 2014 Pennsylvania State Farm Show competition, where the top pie wins $500.
Bakers must use at least 60 percent apples in the filling; however, the pie does not have to be a traditional two-crust pie and can have a variety of fillings.
Judging will be based on flavor, filling, crust, overall appearance and creativity.
The contest is open to any Pennsylvania residents; however, a winner at another fair cannot enter their pie at Indiana’s.
BAKERS MAY only enter one baked item in each contest and all entries must include the entire recipe, including ingredients and detailed directions.
There is no refrigeration at the fair, so 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.
For more information and entry requirements, obtain an Indiana County Fair Premium Book at the fair office under the grandstand at J.S. Mack Memorial Park, White Township, visit www.indianacountyfair.com or call Kathleen Stutzman at (814) 446-5352 or Terry Semsick at (724) 248-3519.