Yum! Pie-Baking Contest Returns to Herb Festival
published on 05/18/2011
Have a white thumb, instead of a green one? Have a wonderful pie recipe that's always a hit with your friends and relatives? You are invited to enter it in the Ponca City Herb Festival Pie Baking Contest.
This year's contest will take place at 2 p.m., Saturday, June 4, on the Cann Garden patio. It's one of the many activities the public is welcome to enjoy at the 18th annual Ponca City Herb Festival which is held throughout the 10-acre Cann Memorial Garden complex.
Contest chairman and Iris Garden Club President Kitty McGinnis said "Last year's contest was so much fun we just had to do it again. I thought it would be successful, but I had no idea how popular it would be!"
Registration forms and rules for the contest can now be picked up at each of the five RCB Bank Ponca City locations and Brace Books and More. They also can be accessed at www.bracebooks.com and www.poncacityherbfestival.net.
Deadline for entry is June 2. Return completed entry forms to Brace Books and More, 2205 North Fourteenth.
"There is no entry fee, only the fun of competing and wonderful prizes to be awarded at the end of the judging," McGinnis said.
The grand prize is an engraved pewter platter. Other prizes include kitchen accessories.
McGinnis encourages bakers to follow the Peitz family's example: Both parents, a daughter, son and daughter-in-law each entered pies in the competition. Competitions within the workplace are also encouraged.
McGinnis especially wants to attract men and teenagers to share their baking efforts. "We know women aren't the only experts in the kitchen and the more pies that are entered in the contest, the more fun it will be to watch the judging on June 4."
Pie check-in will be from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., the day of the contest on the Herb Festival grounds, under the big tree in front of the Cann House.
McGinnis has lined up a variety of well-qualified judges, including Jim Eck, retired Ponca City park superintendant; Tom Muchmore, publisher of The Ponca City News; Sherry Muchmore, food columnist for The Ponca City News; Barb Schumacher, retired schoolteacher and McGinnis' sister, of Muskego, Wisc.; Phil Turney, WBBZ radio personality; Kay Grimme, certified lay speaker for the United Methodist Church; Barry Bickle, senior vice president of Eastman National Bank; and last year's grand prize winner, Lois Bickle.
During the judging, Elsie Cann, as portrayed by Carol Bouldin in period costume, will give a brief history of the L.A. Cann Memorial Gardens. Jim and Dawn Mills will demonstrate Dutch oven cookery. Jim will prepare a Dutch oven peach cobbler while Dawn demonstrates an Apple Tart Tatian.
After the judging has concluded the audience will be treated to a slice of pie.
So, pie bakers, dust off your favorite pie recipes — no cream pies though because of possible heat issues — and plan to enter your potential prize-winning pie at the second annual Pie Baking Contest at the Ponca City Herb Festival. For more information contact McGinnis at 762-7479 or email her at email@example.com.
For more information about the Herb Festival contact Ponca City Tourism at 765-4400 or www.poncacityherbfestival.net .
LAST YEAR'S inaugural pie-baking contest was a huge success. Part of the credit goes to volunteers such as, from left, Marilyn Neuens, Pat Wysocki and Mary Grzybowski, all of New Berlin, Wisc.; and Barb Schumacher of Muskego, Wisc. Pat, an accountant, helped tally the scores while the rest served as judges. Bakers of all ages are invited to dust off their favorite pie recipes and enter their creations in this year's contest. (News Photo by Sherry Muchmore)