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New culinary competitions coming to Illinois State Fair

Contestants to vie for $1,425 in cash prizes and an expenses-paid trip to New York City

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[July 09, 2012]  SPRINGFIELD -- Four new culinary contests have been added to the menu at the 2012 Illinois State Fair.

Coffee connoisseurs should love the Seattle's Best Coffee "Red Cup Showdown." Sponsored by Seattle's Best, this contest will be on Aug. 10 at 8:30 a.m. The only requirement is to create a coffee drink using Seattle's Best Coffee and edible, nonalcoholic ingredients. Entries will be judged based upon their taste and uniqueness. The first-place winner will receive $500, a year's supply of Seattle's Best Coffee and a trip to New York City to compete in the national Seattle's Best competition. To enter, contestants must submit their Seattle's Best Coffee recipe to the Illinois State Fair by July 15. Only the first 50 entries will be accepted.

Another contest incorporates a food unique to central Illinois, the horseshoe. The first-ever Illinois State Fair horseshoe sandwich competition will take place Aug. 11 at 10 a.m. Entries will be accepted that morning from 9 to 10. Contestants must make two servings of their favorite horseshoe sandwich, which then will be judged on taste, for 50 percent of their score; creativity, 30 percent; and appearance, 20 percent. First place will receive $150, second place $75 and third place $50.

"Wake Up to Eggs" is the theme of a new contest sponsored by the American Egg Board and Illinois Department of Agriculture Bureau of Marketing and Promotion. Eight contestants will be selected to compete in the contest from the pool of entries received by July 15 and will be invited to prepare their egg dish Aug. 12 at 9 a.m. Each contestant will receive a cooking station provided by the sponsors to prepare their egg dish. The station will include a 10-inch Teflon skillet, a portable gas burner and a dozen eggs. Contestants are responsible for bringing any additional ingredients needed for their recipe. Entries will be scored 50 percent on taste, 40 percent on appearance and 10 percent on creativity. Dishes that incorporate the "Wake Up to Eggs" theme, are convenient to make and can be served for breakfast are encouraged. First place will receive $200, second place $100 and third place $50.

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Summertime would not be complete without a Backyard Barbeque Pork Chop Contest. Sponsored by Illinois Ventures for Community Action, this contest is scheduled for Aug. 19. Preparation and grill station setup will begin 1 p.m. Entries must be completed and turned in between 2 and 3 p.m., when the judging will occur. Only the first 12 entries will be accepted. Entries will be judged on taste, for 40 percent of the score; texture, 40 percent; and appearance, 20 percent. The first-place prize is $150 cash. Second and third place will receive $100 and $50, respectively.

Entries for each contest must be submitted to the Illinois State Fair Entry Department by July 15. The competitions will take place in the Hobby, Arts and Crafts Building, behind the Emmerson Building and Lincoln Stage on the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

For more information about these new competitions, visit and click on the "Competitions" tab or call 217-782-0786.

[Text from Illinois State Fair file received from the Illinois Office of Communication and Information]

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