Pie Baking Contest to be held

Festivals Fredonia, Inc., is planning to host the first-ever Homemade Pie Baking Contest this month. Community members can show off their baking skills for the contest, held during the Fredonia History Days Festival. Chaired by Todd Langworthy, the event takes place on July 19 and 20 in downtown Fredonia. All amateur bakers that are residents of Chautauqua County are welcome and encouraged to participate.

Entry forms with complete requirements and rules for the contest will be available at the Fredonia Village Hall at the Water Department Office, at the Fredonia Farmers’ Market, Market Manager’s Booth on Saturdays between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. and may also be downloaded and printed from the website “http://www.festivalsfredonia.com”>www.festivalsfredonia.com. Forms can be found on the Fredonia History Days page on the website by clicking on the tab located in the upper left side of the home page. Information about events scheduled for the family fun-filled weekend can also be found there. Entry forms must be completed and mailed to “Pie Contest” c/o Festivals Fredonia, Inc., PO Box 273, Fredonia, NY 14063, or they may be emailed to festivalsfredonia@netsync.net. All entry forms must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, July 19.

All pies must be made from scratch, including crusts and fillings and submitted in a disposable pie tin. Please note that pies needing refrigeration will not be accepted.

Judging will take place on Saturday, July 20 at 11 a.m. Pies must be delivered to the judging table, located in West Barker Commons Park, Fredonia, between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. The winning pie, first and second runners up will be announced at 3:30 p.m. A panel of guest judges will be present to judge the pies based on three categories: Best Filling, Best Crust and Best Overall Pie.

Prizes will be given to the winners, including gift certificates to the Fredonia Farmers’ Market, EBC West, tickets for the Historic Trolley Tours that evening and for the Harvest Moon Cemetery Tours that take place in October. Slices of all pies will be sold for $1 per slice after the judging, with all proceeds from the sales to be donated to a local not-for-profit organization to be determined.