Apple Bake-off, bake sale return to Cider Fest

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UNION – Is grandma’s cinnamon apple pie recipe melt-in-your-mouth marvelous? Do your apple bars take the cake? Now you have a chance to prove it.

As part of the 45th annual Cider Fest on Sunday, Oct. 2, the McHenry County Historical Society is hosting its eighth annual Apple Bake-off Contest. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. with judging following at 10:30 a.m. in the 1895 West Harmony School.

The school is located on the museum grounds at 6422 Main St. in Union.

Categories are apple pies, apple cakes and apple squares/bars. There is a $2 fee per item, one entry per category. First- second- and third-place contestants in each of the three categories will receive ribbons, with a special prize going to the grand champion.

Donated bake goods also are needed for Cider Fest Bake Sale. Cookies, cakes, quick breads, brownies, bars, tarts and pies are part of this popular feature of the festival. Please label your baked goods, indicate nuts or other special instructions, and – if possible – prepackage them to minimize handling. A good rule of thumb - depending on size – is a half dozen cookies and two-four brownies/bars on a plate. On fair day bring your items to the bake sale tent next to the log cabin or to the office on the Friday before Cider Fest.

All baked goods entered should be in disposable containers or dishes marked with the contestant’s name and phone number for pickup after judging. Entries will be divided and repackaged for sale that day. All proceeds benefit the nonprofit historical society. For additional information, visit or call 815-923-2267.

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