Pie contests bring good taste to downtown Craig
Whether just doing a quick taste test or filling one’s belly ready to burst, Alice Pleasant Park was the place to be Friday for plentiful pies.
As part of Downtown Business Association’s First Friday activities downtown, the second annual pie baking and eating contest followed the farmers market.
With 12 pies entered by local bakers, a panel of judges had it work cut out.
Andrea Camp said it was a tough call trying to decide the best of the bunch, especially since judging was based on only one bite apiece.
“It was scored for appearance, taste, all different areas,” she said.
Mayor John Ponikvar, City Manager Mike Foreman, Moffat County Commissioner Ray Beck, Moffat County School District Superintendent David Ulrich and Craig Daily Press Editor Thomas R. Martinez, joined Camp, a Craig councilmember, at the table.
“Just one of those perks of the job,” she laughed.
The winning entries included:
• Best Cheesecake — Shirley Cromer, Kahlua chocolate
• Best Cream Pie — Dorothy Martin, peanut butter cream
• Best Custard Pie — Sheila Cox, rhubarb custard
• Best Fruit Pie — Kassie Vesely, apple
Sheila Coy’s rhubarb custard concoction was one she made with homegrown flair.
“I don’t have my own rhubarb plants, so I had to borrow, but it’s homemade crust, our own eggs,” she said. “I just like being part of it, part of the community, part of DBA and what they do.”
The remaining pie entries were auctioned off, but entrants were making short work of pastries from Village Inn in the pie-eating contest.
With five minutes to devour as much of a whole pie as possible, the winners of the younger age groups were 6-year-old Tatum Swartzell in the 8 and under division and Teagan Gleisner for ages 9 to 15.
“It feels really good — not so much in the stomach,” Gleisner smiled, regarding her win.
Gleisner, 11, also won the contest last year, as did Brandon Madsen, who won the adult competition.
However, this year’s victory did not come easy, as it came down to a lightning round between Madsen eating a triple berry pie and newcomer Brodie Frett, eating peach.
Both took home a gift certificate from Village Inn, though Madsen was judged the official winner.
Even getting a blueberry sucked up his nose, the reigning champ said he’s already prepared for next year.
“If he’s competing next year, I’d better step up my game,” Madsen said of Frett.
A pair of Panther opponents dealt a tricky couple games to Moffat County High School baseball players while the Bulldogs were on the road.