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. 19.
The contest starts at 11 a.m., but the pies must be delivered by 10 a.m. to the senior center at 300 S. Scott St., Middletown.
First prize is $50, second is $35 and third is $25.
About 10 to 15 pies are usually entered in the contest, said Cecilia Rozumalski, executive director of the senior center. 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,” Rozumalski said.
Past contestants have been as old as 99 and as young as 10.
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.
You 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 10 a.m. Or you can call the center at (302) 378-4758 to have your name entered into the contest, but call before noon on Friday, Aug 18.
Five people will serve as judges. This year, the judges will include Bill O’Neal, president of the senior center’s board of directors, Middletown Mayor Kenneth Branner Jr., Joe Licklider, store director of the local Walmart, and Middletown Police Chief Daniel Yeager.
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.