Part of the Olde-Tyme Peach Festival activities in Middletown. Past winners have ranged in age from 13 to 84.
As part of the Olde-Tyme Peach Festival, a peach pie contest will be held at the M.O.T. Jean Birch Senior Center on Saturday, Aug. 18.
The contest starts at 11 a.m., but the pies must be delivered by 9 a.m. to the senior center at 300 S. Scott St., Middletown.
First prize is $50, second is $35 and third is $25. Prizes are sponsored by UnitedHealthCare Community Plan.
About 10 to 15 pies are usually entered in the contest, said Cecilia DeFazio, senior center director. She said the contest is popular among the volunteers and the seniors at the center.
“We usually have about a dozen people who submit and we encourage the general public to give it a try,” DeFazio said.
Past winners have ranged in age from 13 to 84.
There is no entry fee.
Here are the basic rules:
Only peach pies will be accepted. No other fruit. And no cobblers, crisps or cheesecakes will be accepted.
Pie crusts must be homemade. No graham cracker crusts.
Only one pie per name may be entered into the contest.
Put your name and phone number on the bottom of your aluminum pie tin or non-disposable plate.
The judges don’t eat the whole pie, but rather a taste. They view pies by appearance and then pies are taken back into the kitchen and slices are cut out of them. The slices are cut up to show consistency and texture and then the slices are cut up into smaller pieces and tasted by the judges.
The judges evaluate the pies by what’s called the blind method where the pies are assigned a number so the judges don’t know who submitted them.
The pies become property of the senior center, but the slices are sold at the center to people eager to taste the winning pie and the rest of the competitors.
Contestants must fill out an entry form. You can go in person to the senior center and fill out the form, even on the day of the contest, but no later than 9 a.m. Regular hours at the senior center are Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information, call the center at (302) 378-4758.