Shelby to host pie baking contest during annual art fair

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby - Utica News | Published August 5, 2019

  Shelby Township will host a  “Better Pie” baking contest during the art fair this weekend, and the township is inviting bakers to enter their best pies for a  chance to win a prize.

Shelby Township will host a “Better Pie” baking contest during the art fair this weekend, and the township is inviting bakers to enter their best pies for a chance to win a prize.

Photo provided by Shelby Township

 Last year’s pie contest winner made a rhubarb and strawberry custard pie.

Last year’s pie contest winner made a rhubarb and strawberry custard pie.

Photo provided by Shelby Township

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SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Shelby Township is kicking the fun up a notch at the Shelby Township Art Fair this weekend.

For the second year, Shelby Township will be hosting a “Better Pie” baking contest and is inviting bakers to enter their best pies for a chance to win a prize this Saturday.

A panel of judges will taste each pie and determine the pie that they think is the winner.

Each of the pies will be judged on presentation, creativity and taste. The top pie will win a feature on a future episode of “Living in Shelby Township” on Shelby TV, one free park pavilion rental and the holiday cover feature in the fall 2019 edition of the township newsletter, “Fountain.”

Township Supervisor Rick Stathakis said he enjoys the pie contest and is impressed by the pies that get submitted.

“I didn’t think there could be anything more enjoyable than the Shelby Township Art Fair until I judged the Better Pie contest at the art fair,” Stathakis stated in a press release. “I was impressed by the variety of pies in the contest a year ago, and I am excited to see all of the unique, delicious creations this year.

“I have a lot of official duties that I take very seriously as supervisor, but this may be the most impactful. Seriously, though, this contest is another great extension of our art fair. The art fair brings out the best artists in the region, as well as our entire community. The pie contest only expands that participation,” said Stathakis.

Joining Stathakis on the judges panel will be representatives from the Shelby Township Police, Fire, and Parks, Recreation and Maintenance departments.

Sgt. Brandon Dowty, from the Shelby Township Police Department, said he will be one of the many judges.

“I have never done the pie contest. I have no idea what to expect, but who doesn’t love pie?” said Dowty.

The contest is open to all levels of bakers with one entry per person, and entries are welcome from all communities, not just Shelby Township.

Guidelines for the contest are that the pie has “a bottom crust, possible top crust and a filling.” Entries must be sweet pies, and crusts can be premade, but fillings must be homemade. Pies also cannot be frozen.

The top three pies will receive ribbons, and there will be a youth prize for the best baker under 16 years of age. Entries must also include a full ingredient list as well as the recipe.

Parking and entry to the art fair will be free.

“We are very excited to have the Community Relations Department offer the pie baking contest at our annual art fair, and I am even more excited because I get to taste all the pies!” Joe Youngblood, the township’s Parks, Recreation, Maintenance, Nature Center and Senior Center director, said in an email.

“Last year, the contest was a hit and we look forward to it this year,” said Youngblood.

Submissions for the contest are due by 1 p.m. Aug. 10 at the pie contest booth at the art fair. The winners will be announced at 3 p.m.

For more information or an entry form, visit www.shelbytwp.org/piecontest or call (586) 731-5100.

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