Leitersburg Peach Festival: Award-winning pies

August 22, 2000

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By Kate Coleman / staff writer

Grace Myers finally took a blue ribbon at the Leitersburg Peach Festival peach pie contest.

In the past 10 years that she's entered the contest, the Pinesburg resident has won several prizes - second, third or fourth. But first place had eluded her.

"I thought she was kidding me," she said of her friend Margaret Byrd, who told her of her victory in the double-crust category.

Myers makes up her peach-pie recipes every year. What did she do differently this time?

Usually she puts the fruit in the crust and sprinkles the sugar over it. For this year's first-place pie, she mixed the peaches with the sugar before putting them in the crust.


Myers believes Sun Hi peaches make the best pies. But whatever variety is used, they have to be about half firm, but ripe enough so the pit will come out.

Jean Strite, who works at Martin's Farm Market in Hagerstown, where Myers bought the peaches for her winning pie, agrees that Sun Hi peaches are good for baking. They also are good for canning or eating, but Strite said that other peaches, such as Red Haven, an early variety, are better for freezing. They don't turn brown like Sun Hi peaches do.

In the single-crust category, Helen's Peachy Parfait Pie, made by Helen Martin of Cascade, won the blue ribbon.

Martin, who loves to cook, always changes recipes to make them her own.

She made her pie for a backyard barbecue a few weeks ago, and friends and family liked it. "Do you think it's good enough to win a contest?" she asked.

Their answer and that of the pie contest judges was "yes." Martin took first place the first time she entered.

Other pie bakers were Marylin Barnes, Lisa Irving, Carolyn Mongan, Dorothy Henry, Linda Keller, Carolyn Becker, Carol Malcolm and Suzie Wolfe.

Peach pie contest judges were Margaret Ridenour, Barbara Muritz and Daniel Grove.

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