Pie Contests & Beyond: Home Cooking at the County Fair

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It’s county fair time in many communities across the country, which means lots of things from funnel cake to carnival rides, animals to contests. There’s a lot of from-the-home food tied up in it all, too:

My “event” when I was younger and participated in the county fair was The Decorated Cake. Contestants would work all summer to come up with a perfect theme for decorating a cake. In the week before the fair, you put your all into decorating it and hoped for a blue ribbon. That category was not about taste at all, though: some people even decorated cut-out pieces of styrofoam!

That’s not the end of aesthetic food categories: Don’t forget events that are judged based on size (think largest squash or tomato) or appearances in a glass jar (canned goods).

But other categories of food competitions challenge contestants to whip up delectable homemade foods to vie for the coveted grand champion ribbon. Check out your local fair for a little bit of local, down-home inspiration for cooking at home!

Have you ever participated in a food-related event at the county fair? Tell us all about it in the comments below!

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