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August 1, 2013

County fair to feature baking contests

NEW CASTLE — It’s August — and that means the Lawrence County Fair is just around the corner.

The fair — this year is the 60th — starts Aug. 12 and runs through Aug. 17.

Lori Hites, director of the fair’s home economics department, said those participating in the home economics categories have to submit everything — except baked goods — on Aug. 7 and 8 for judging.

Hours for taking entries to the fair are 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 7 and 1 to 7 p.m. Aug. 8.

Baked goods are to be taken to the fairgrounds between 8 and 9:30 a.m. Aug. 10.

Included in the baked goods categories are four special baking competitions that local amateur chefs look forward to all year.

Following are the basics for these contests. More information about the home economics categories, these four contests or other categories is available by checking the fair’s premium book. It can be found on the fair’s website:

Blue Ribbon

Apple Pie Contest

It is sponsored by The Apple Castle, which will provide a gift certificate to the first-, second- and third-place finishers. The winner is eligible to enter his or her pie in the 2014 State Farm Show competition. Top finishers there can win cash prizes ranging from $100 to $500.

The contest is open to any Pennsylvania resident who has not won first place in this contest at any other fair this year.

Those wishing to compete must provide a whole pie, but it does not have to be a traditional two-crust apple pie. A variety of fillings is encouraged, but the pie must include at least 60 percent apples in the filling.

The entries will be judged on overall appearance; crust, including color, flavor, texture and doneness; flavor; filling, including consistency, doneness, moistness and flavor; and creativity.

A recipe for the pie and crust must be submitted on a standard sheet of paper.

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