Some of the pies were still warm from the oven for the Aug. 10 Grant County Pie Bakers Contest.
Judges had the sweet job of tasting each of the entries and grading them on a variety of factors. The “taste testers” included Melody Field, Virginia Kendall, Chris Yriarte, Jim Carpenter and Gary Delaney. Rick Thompson helped plate up the bite-size servings for the judges.
Morganne Wyllie of John Day placed second in the youth division with her double-crust blueberry pie.
“It’s fun baking with my grandma Susan Wyllie,” she said. “She usually shows me step by step.”
Susan Wyllie won second place in the adult division for her double-crust blueberry-apple pie.
The pies were later auctioned off, the proceeds benefiting improvements at the fairgrounds.
Pie baking contest chairman Marsha Delaney said more bakers should consider joining the contest next year.
“We’d love to have more participation,” she said. “It’s more fun if there’s more competition. We appreciate the judges and Rick Thompson for helping out.”
Pie baker results:
Adult — double crust
Cindy Wilburn, first and best of show, $50, apple
Susan Wyllie, second, $25, blueberry-apple
Adult — single crust
Tiffnie Schmadeka, first, $50, pecan
Youth — double crust
Kathlyne Page, first and best of show, $25, mincemeat
Morganne Wyllie, second, $15, blueberry