Wednesday morning, the junior fair hosted the senior division of its Bake-A-Rama contest. This year, the senior division made Coffee Cake.
Three contestants had 20 minutes to prepare and 30 minutes to bake.
Judges Sunny Hicky and Mary Smith scored them based on six different categories. These categories were measuring food, preparation of food, clean up, posture and poise, reaction to questions, and quality of the finished product.
In the measuring food category, they were judged on the correct use of measuring utensils, measuring accordingly, and uses of proper techniques.
The preparation of the food category included correct mixing procedures and the correct consistency of the batter.
The clean-up category included space cleanliness, being neat, orderly, and getting cleaned up quickly.
The posture and poise category was based on the contestants’ neat appearance and self-confidence.
The reaction to the questions category was based on their ability to stay calm and comfortable while the judges asked them questions.
Finally, the quality of their finished Coffee Cake was based on consistency, flavor, appearance, and presentation.
The judges were impressed with the contestants.
“You have the start of some very good preparations; I was very pleased to see what you were doing,” Hicky said. “It’s best to learn all the techniques of food preparation while you’re young.”
“It’s hats off to you to take the time to prepare the needed ingredients and bring them here,” Smith said. “I wish more people would take advantage and watch the techniques.”
In third place, receiving a Kitchenaid Hand Mixer, was Haylee Potter.
In second place, receiving a Kitchenaid Toaster, was Bailey Haworth.
Winning first place and receiving a Kitchenaid Personal Blender was Josie Ross.