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[July 14, 2012]  New this year to the Logan County Fair is a sweet attraction -- truly, it's sweet. Added to an already long list of contests and exhibits will be "My Favorite Pie."

Logan County's finest cooks will have another opportunity to show us their stuff when the Saturday morning baking takes place on Aug. 4.

Not too long ago, Mike Maske, Deb Rohrer and Janet Dahmm met at the fair office to hash out the final rules for the contestants.

When asked who had come up with the idea of a pie contest, Rohrer and Dahmm laughingly pointed at each other. But regardless of who came up with the idea, Maske said it was a very good one.

"There are a lot of really great cooks in Logan County, and we really want them to come out and show us all what they can do," Maske said.

The idea of a pie contest came up a little too late to make it into this year's fair book, but everything you need to enter your favorite pie in the "My Favorite Pie" contest can be found through a link at the end of this article.

There is no entry fee for the event. Instead, the committee is asking that each entrant bring one already-baked pie from the recipe they intend to use in the competition. That pie will later be auctioned off, with the proceeds going to the Logan County Fair Foundation.

The barn where the baking contest will be held will open its doors at 8 a.m., and contestants can come in as soon as it opens. There will be only three ovens available, so pies will be baked in shifts, with the first three pies expected to be in the oven by 9 a.m.

Rohrer said all the pies will have to be baked varieties, and because of health department rules, the pies cannot contain dairy products. In other words, they need to be fruit pies.

According to the rules, contestants cannot use canned pie filling, canned fruit or store-bought pre-made crust. However, due to the time constraints, they may make their crust ahead of time and bring it to the competition ready for the rolling pin.

Pies may be single- or double-crust and must not require refrigeration before serving.

Rohrer said the judge's name will not be announced prior to the competition, but she is hoping to find someone from outside Logan County to come in and do the judging.

At the end of the contest, first through fourth places will receive monetary awards with an accompanying ribbon.

In addition, the pie committee will give all the contestants a gift related to their craft.

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Maske said he wanted to make sure everyone knows how much the Logan County Fair board appreciates the support of local businesses, such as McEntire's Home Appliance. McEntire's will supply the ovens for the pie contest as well as for the Logan County Cake Classic on Sunday.

After the judging is complete, the pies will be taken from the kitchen area to the site of the Chili Cook-Off. There the pies will be auctioned off to the highest bidder. Rohrer said she expected that event to happen at approximately 1:30 p.m. She also noted that some plates and plastic utensils will be there, and she thinks it would be great fun for everyone to sit down and dig into a homemade pie.

Dahmm and Rohrer also noted that they are hoping this will bring in a new group of cooks. Dahmm explained that while it may seem odd to some until they really stop and think about it, most cake bakers don't bake pies, and most pie bakers steer clear of cakes.

"It is odd, but you'll see it all the time," she said. "We see that cake bakers also are the ones most likely to make candies, while pie bakers enjoy making breads."

Regardless of what you enjoy baking, we're sure you'll find something at the Logan County Fair that you'll enjoy eating. From the food on the midway to the new pie baking contest, the Chili Cook-Off and of course the Cake Classic, there will surely be something that your tummy just can't resist.

To read the official rules of the pie contest and print off an entry form to enter your favorite pie, click here.


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