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Apple pie baking contest in Alexandria yields 5 winners

The 5th annual contest took place at Country Blossom Farms in Alexandria on Sunday, Oct. 10.

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Judges for the 5th annual Apple Pie Baking Contest at Country Blossom Farm in Alexandria were, from left, TJ Martin from Beverage Wholesalers; Liz Thill, owner of Flour and Petal; and Matthew Jensen, owner of La Ferme. Celeste Edenloff / Alexandria Echo Press

Three local judges had a tough task on Sunday – eat some apple pie and determine which ones were the best.

Matthew Jensen, owner of La Ferme; Liz Thill, owner of Flour and Petal; and TJ Martin from Beverage Wholesalers sampled 12 different pies at the 5th annual Apple Pie Baking Contest at Country Blossom Farm Sunday, Oct. 10.

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The three judges of the 5th annual Apple Pie Baking Contest pose for a photo with contestants and their pies at County Blossom Farm in Alexandria on Sunday, Oct. 10. Celeste Edenloff / Alexandria Echo Press

The contest was open to amateur bakers only and each pie had to be made from scratch. Judges determined winners in five categories, including:

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  • Best tasting traditional apple pie

  • Prettiest apple pie

  • Best non-traditional apple dessert

  • Best apple pie – ages 12 and younger

  • Best apple pie – ages 13 to 18

The entrees were judged on overall appearance, crust (color, texture, doneness and flavor), filling (consistency, doneness and flavor) and overall taste.
Here are the winners:

  • Glenn Motzko – best tasting traditional apple pie

  • Kayla Kaeter – prettiest apple pie

  • Felicia Fredrickson – best non-traditional apple dessert

  • Meridian Jacobson – best apple pie – ages 12 and younger

  • Zoelle Jacobson – Best apple pie – ages 13 to 18

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Kayla Kaeter, winner of the prettiest apple pie, receives her gift bag of goodies from Tracy Heald of Country Blossom Farm. Celeste Edenloff / Alexandria Echo Press

Each winner won a gift bag, which included apples, gift certificates, baking tools and more. After the winners were announced, all the pies were available to anyone attending the event to sample.

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