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Country Blossom Farm holds baking, eating contests

Country Blossom Farm will offer an interesting dilemma during its Apple Pie Days event this weekend - whether to test your apple pie baking mettle or bolster your apple pie gobbling cred. Or maybe both.

The 64-acre farm and apple orchard has hosted the pie baking contest before. But the pie eating contest is new this year. Competitors will demonstrate how fast they can eat one pie.

The pie eating contest will start at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at Country Blossom Farm, 1951 Englund Rd SW in Alexandria.

The pie baking contest, judged by La Ferme's chef Matthew Jenson, will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 24. Last year about 15 pies were submitted.

All are welcome to participate in both contests. However, bakers must register in advance for the baking contest at

The pies must be made from scratch and can't include store-bought pies, crusts, fillings or mixes. They will be are judged on overall appearance, crust, filling and overall taste. More details are on the Country Blossom Farm website.

Apple Pie Days also will feature a flashlight corn maze on Friday, Sept. 22, from dusk to 10 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, there will be live music from 1 to 4 p.m., Clueless the Clown from noon to 3 p.m., a 50-cent doughnut special and free samples.

For more information, contact 320-334-1620 or