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.
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
"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
www.illinoisstatefair.info and click on the "Competitions"
tab or call 217-782-0786.
Illinois State Fair
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Illinois Office of
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