Heritage Fair Pie Baking Contest

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UNION – What this year’s Heritage Fair pie baking contest lacked in numbers, it made up for in quality.

This year’s judges – State Sen. Craig Wilcox, Carol Richardson of Richardson Adventure Farm in Richmond and the last Heritage Fair pie baking champ, Jim Ratway of Woodstock – set the table for a competitive taste-off by McHenry County Historical Society Administrator Kurt Begalka. In the final analysis, Kathy Betke’s pecan pie prevailed as grand champion over still-warm peach of an entry. Judges remarked on its crust, texture and flavor.

This year’s winners were:

FRUIT: 1st – Judy Link, Marengo (peach); 2nd – Melissa and Oakley Schultz, Union (apple); 3rd – Adrianne Adams, Richmond (peach).

MIXED FRUIT/OTHER: 1st – Kathy Betke, McHenry (pecan); 2nd – Kathy Betke (strawberry/rhubarb); 3rd – Meg Shaw, Evanston (strawberry/rhubarb).

Thanks to all the bakers who participated in the contest and bake sale, which benefited MCHS. An apple pie contest is planned for Cider Fest on Sunday, Oct. 2. Visit GotHistory.org for details as we draw closer.

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